David joined the School of Law in September 2019 to act as Programme Director of the LLM in International Commercial Law at the University’s new Dubai campus. Before joining the University of Birmingham he spent 4 years living and working in China (mainland and Hong Kong). He has previously held academic appointments at the University of Edinburgh and at City University of Hong Kong (where he was the Director of the LLM programme in arbitration and dispute resolution). He was also formerly Chair Professor of Law at Jiaotong University, Xi’an P.R.C. His teaching and research interests involve international trade law and international dispute resolution and he has a particular interest in international trade involving China and South East Asia.
David publishes regularly in the field of international trade law and international arbitration. He has been General Editor of International Arbitration Law Review (Sweet & Maxell) since 1999. He has also been co-author of Schmitthoff, the Law and Practice of International Trade Law (Sweet & Maxwell) since 2007. He regularly presents research at international academic and practitioner conferences and has been involved in various training projects for lawyers and commercial organisations in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution.
David also practises as a barrister and arbitrator and is a tenant at Outer Temple Chambers, London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He has particular expertise in the field of international arbitration and has represented clients in numerous arbitrations conducted under various international institutional rules and in ad hoc arbitrations. David has appeared as counsel in the Courts of England and Wales at all levels and has extensive experience of working in cases involving issues of commercial law and multi- jurisdictional elements. He has been involved in leading cases involving the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards and various court proceedings ancillary to arbitration. David has also successfully represented clients in significant negotiations, mediations and other ADR procedures. Throughout his career he has developed particular experience of the oil and gas industry and has been involved in several substantial disputes arising from oil exploration projects. He also has extensive experience of insurance and reinsurance disputes (particularly in the marine and energy sectors), disputes involving sale and carriage of goods, joint ventures and construction projects. He has been instructed in several cases involving State parties and in various matters involving public international law including claims arising under bilateral investment treaties and disputes involving issues of State Immunity before national courts.
David sits as an arbitrator and has been appointed to the panel of arbitrators by CIETAC (Beijing), SCIA (Shenzhen), C.A.A (Taipei), THAC (Bangkok) and the LCIA-DIFC (Dubai). He is also a Tribunal Member of the Hong Kong Board of Review (the Hong Kong tax appeals Tribunal).