Tony Cole

Contact Details

Senior Lecturer

Mr Tony Cole
Elliott Jaques Room 009h
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265498
Fax: +44 (0)1895 269875

Related News

Brunel Centre to undertake arbitration study for European Parliament - 05 Dec 2013

A team from the Brunel Centre for the Study of Arbitration and Cross-Border Investment, led by Tony Cole, has been selected by the European Parliament to undertake the study "Legal Instruments and Practice of Arbitration in the EU".

Seminar on Bilateral Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment - 22 Oct 2013

Tony Cole is lead organiser and lead moderator for a two-week seminar on Bilateral Investment Treaties and Foreign Direct Investment, occurring on the OGEMID email discussion group.

Tony Cole publishes "The Structure of Investment Arbitration" - 28 Jun 2013

Tony Cole has published "The Structure of Investment Arbitration" with Routledge. This new monograph provides an in-depth analysis of selected issues of controversy within investment arbitration, demonstrating how they can be solved through attention to the structures inherent within investment law and investment arbitration.

Tony Cole provides guidance via Tradelab on settlement of ICSID disputes - 17 Jun 2013

Tony Cole has answered a question on "'Out of Court' Settlements under ICSID" on the Tradelab website. Both the question and answer are available at the following address:

Tony Cole organises conference on The Roles of Psychology in International Arbitration - 13 Jun 2013

On May 22-24, Brunel Law School hosted a multidisciplinary conference on The Roles of Psychology in International Arbitration, organised by Tony Cole. Presentations were made by leading academics in psychology, arbitration, mediation and statistics, as well as by leading practitioners.



Tony specialises in international arbitration and international investment law, but also works in issues in public international law, the history of legal theory, and comparative law. Prior to coming to coming to Brunel he taught from 2007-2011 at the University of Warwick, following working as an Associate in the litigation department and the international commercial arbitration group at White & Case in New York. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He also studied law as a visiting student at the European University Institute. While at Michigan he spent one summer as a Peggy Browning Fund fellow, practising union-side labour law at the Chicago Newspaper Guild. Prior to entering law school he studied philosophy as a Presidential Fellow at the University of Virginia, teaching at both the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from St. John's College (MD).

Tony has published articles in a variety of leading international journals and been invited to present his work in several countries

He authors a blog on which he comments on recently published articles in arbitration and investment law:

Papers and abstracts are available at:

Tony would welcome inquiries from potential research students interested in writing on international arbitration or international investment law.

Student Support

Tony serves as the Law School's Induction programme Leader & Associate Skills Tutor

Teaching and Research


Contract Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Labour Law
International Law
Public International Law

Research Interests

Structural foundations of international investment arbitration

Operaton of Most-Favoured Nation clauses in international law

Theory of transnational law

International diffusion of patent-covered intellectual property

History of Jurisprudence

Comparative Law

Research Areas

Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
Comparative law
International economic law
Public international law

Research Groups

CIPL Centre for International and Public Law
BCSACBI Brunel Centre for the Study of Arbitration and Cross-Border Investment

PhD Supervision

International investment law
International arbitration

External Activities

External Activities

Forthcoming Invited Presentations of Research:

2011 Association of American Law Schools (Dispute Resolution Division) Works-in-Progress Conference, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, November 4-5, 2011

FT MIGA Summit: Managing Global Political Risk: Old Risks, New Moment, London, UK, December 8, 2011

Arbitration in the Middle East, Amman, Jordan, Winter 2012

Associate Editorial Board, Transnational Dispute Management

Chair of the drafting committee, 2012 Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition

"The Parol Evidence Rule: A Comparative Analysis and Proposal", cited in Flint Hill Properties L.P. v. Valley Bronze of Oregon, Inc. (D. Kan. 2007)

Journal Peer Reviewing: Leiden Journal of International Law

Book Proposal Reviewing: Palgrave-Macmillan; Routledge-Cavendish

Symposia and Workshops Organised:

The Role of Social Norms in Building a Low Carbon Society (in cooperation with Kai Spiekermann and Dan Priel), July 2009

Diversity or Cacophony: New Sources of Norms in International Law, University of Michigan Law School, March 19-20, 2004



Journal Papers

(2012) Cole, T., The boundaries of Most Favored Nation treatment in international investment law, Michigan Journal of International Law 33 (3) : 537- 586 Download publication

(2011) Buchanan, A., Cole, T. and Keohane, RO., Justice in the Diffusion of Innovation, JOURNAL OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 19 (3) : 306- 332 Download publication

(2011) Cole, T. and Vaksha, AK., Power-Conferring Treaties: The Meaning of 'Investment' in the ICSID Convention, LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 24 (2) : 305- 330 Download publication

(2010) Cole, T., Authority and contemporary international arbitration, Louisiana Law Review: promoting legal scholarship in the community 70 (3) : 801- 857 Download publication

(2007) Cole, A., Commercial Arbitration in Japan: Contributions to the Debate on Japanese 'Non-Litigiousness', New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 40 29-

(2005) Cole, A., The Committee of the Regions and Subnational Representation to the European Union, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 49-

(2003) Cole, A., Labor Standards and the Generalized System of Preferences: The European Labor Incentives, Michigan Journal of International Law 25 179-

(2003) Cole, A., Scalia and the Institutional Approach to Law, University of Toledo Law Review 34 559-

(2003) Cole, A., The Parol Evidence Rule: A Comparative Analysis and Proposal, University of New South Wales Law Journal 26 (3) : 680-


(2012) Cole, A., The Structure of Investment Arbitration.

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