Dr Chester Brown is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, where he is a Programme Coordinator for the Master of International Law. His research interests are public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law.
Dr Brown previously served as Assistant Legal Adviser at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During his time at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he advised on a range of public international law issues, including international investment, State and diplomatic immunities, international arbitration, and the work of the International Law Commission. He participated in the negotiation of bilateral investment treaties, and was a member of the United Kingdom delegation to various multilateral fora, including the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly, the Council of Europe's Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law, the European Union's 'Comité Juridique', the OECD Investment Committee, and the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. He was also involved in international, foreign and domestic litigation.
Prior to this, Dr Brown was a Senior Associate in the International Law and International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance LLP, London. In this capacity, he acted in, and advised on, commercial and investment treaty claims governed by the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, LCIA, and AAA/ICDR Arbitration Rules. He has also previously served as Part-time Lecturer in International Law at Queen Mary College, University of London, and as a College Supervisor in International Law at Trinity Hall and at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. Dr Brown has also held a Visiting Fellowship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London. He recently assisted Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC with the revision of his Hague lectures, titled 'Principles of Procedure in International Litigation'.
Dr Brown is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers, London. He is the author of "A Common Law of International Adjudication" (OUP, 2007), and is a graduate of the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, and Cambridge.