Graham Dunning QC

Graham Dunning QC has specialised in international and commercial law since the early 1980s.

He is a member of (inter alia): British Insurance Law Association; British Maritime Law Association; Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); London Court of International Arbitration; London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

International Arbitration as Arbitrator

Graham Dunning QC is frequently appointed as an arbitrator in all sorts of international arbitrations.  He has several current references ongoing both as sole arbitrator and as member of a three person tribunal in various seats.

He has conducted more than forty arbitrations as arbitrator both ad hoc and under ICC, LCIA, SCC, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules, including disputes concerning commercial and investment agreements; insurance contracts; oil and gas projects; construction and engineering; commodity trading; transport and shipping. He recently sat on a major LCIA arbitration concerning a Malaysian oil and gas offshore project, chaired an SCC arbitration in Sweden, and sat on two Geneva-seated arbitral tribunals; sat in London and Sweden on UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA cases.

Graham Dunning QC is a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators, with an office in Maxwell Chambers Singapore.  He is also on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

Experience of Public and Private International Law and Disputes Involving States

In his work both as counsel and as arbitrator, Graham Dunning QC has substantial experience of private international law.  He has often taken part in international arbitrations under a wide variety of laws, for example: UAE, Malaysian, Russian, Dutch, Greek, New York, Swiss, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Hong Kong.

Graham Dunning QC studied Public International Law at both Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School, and in recent years his work has often extended to investment disputes and other disputes involving states and state entities.

For example, he recently acted for a Central European State in an ICC arbitration in respect of a satellite contract raising public international law issues.  He is currently acting for state entities of a Middle-Eastern state in respect of ICC arbitration over a long term energy infrastructure contract. He is also acting in an LCIA arbitration in respect of major energy joint venture investment in Russia.  In 2009 he represented Azerbaijan in an ICSID dispute in Washington. He has experience of many types of investments, and he advises in relation to investment disputes, ICSID, BIT and Energy Charter Treaty claims.

Other Arbitration Related Activities

Graham Dunning QC has substantial experience of English court cases related to arbitration (see full CV) and writes articles and gives lectures on arbitration, including the UK 1996 Act. He gave the 2008 Master’s Lecture for Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, “Stop or Go? Injunctions and Arbitration” (2008) 74 Arbitration 50-58.

He is a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, UK Standing Committee on the New York Convention.


2013-2017: Co-Head of Essex Court Chambers
2012: Called to Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (St Vincent)
2011: Called to Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI)
2009: Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn
2001: Silk
1983: Joined Essex Court Chambers
1982: Called to the Bar Lincoln’s Inn
1981: LLM, Harvard Law School
1980: BA (Law) (First Class Hons), Emmanuel College, Cambridge University