Professional Consultant





(852) 3943 5195

(852) 2994 2505

Room 647 
Faculty of Law
6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

David Holloway is a Professional Consultant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Mr Holloway is a specialist in international trade law and international commercial dispute resolution. He has over 20 years experience of practice in those fields at the English Bar and has also been teaching and researching in these areas of law for much of that time.

Mr Holloway is a tenant member of Outer Temple Chambers (London and Dubai). He has conducted litigation in the higher UK Courts (including the House of Lords) and before international Courts (such as the DIFC and ADGM Courts in the UAE). He has extensive experience of representing clients in international arbitrations under most institutional rules (and in ad hoc arbitrations) and of proceedings ancillary to arbitration (applications for interim relief, jurisdictional challenges and contested enforcement proceedings).

Throughout his career Mr Holloway 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. He has been ranked as a leading junior counsel at the English bar by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 directories.

Since 2008 Mr Holloway has been the co-author of Schmitthoff, the Law and Practice of International Trade (Sweet & Maxwell 11th and 12th editions) and will be one of the main editors of the forthcoming 13th edition. He has also been the General Editor of International Arbitration Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell) since 1998. He has published widely on matters relating to international trade and international arbitration and is regularly invited to speak at academic and industry conferences. He has also delivered various training courses to lawyers, judges and commercial professionals in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.

Prior to joining CUHK Mr Holloway held academic appointments various leading universities including the University of Edinburgh (where he established an LLM programme in international commercial law), Xi’an Jiaotong University (where he was Professor of Law) and most recently the University of Birmingham, where he established an LLM programme in Dubai.

  • BA and MA in Law from the University of Cambridge
  • European Master of Law and Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Grays Inn)
  • Licenced to practice before the DIFC and ADGM Courts in the UAE
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer (Hong Kong)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
      • International trade law
      • International arbitration
      • Comparative Law
      • Procedural Law
      • Public International Law
      • Private International Law
      • Legal Historty
      • Appointed as arbitrator on the panel of various arbitral institutions such as DIAC (Dubai), CIETAC (Beijing), SCIA (Shenzhen), THAC (Thailand),CAA (Taipei)
      • Appointed as a Member of the Hong Kong Board of Review under the Inland Revenue Ordinance
      • International Arbitration Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell). – General Editor (1998-present).
      • Co- author of Schmitthoff: The law and Practice of International Trade (11th Edition Sweet & Maxwell September 2007, 12th Edition 2012. 13th Edition (in progress to publish in 2023).
      • Avoiding Duplicative Litigation about Arbitral Awards within the EU. Oxford Journal of International Dispute Settlement (2011, 2 435-457).
      • Retour sur la comity: les origines de la
comity au carrefour du droit international privé et du droit international public(Journal du droit international (Clunet), with Thomas Schultz, December 2011 Volume 3 pp.863-886).
      • Retour sur la comity: la comity dans l’histoire du droit international privé (Journal du droit international (Clunet) with Thomas Schultz, March 2012 Volume 1 pp. 572-595).
      • Research Handbook on Sanctions and International Law (ed. van den Herik). Book chapter, “The impact of International Economic Sanctions in International Arbitration” (with Prof. Eric de Brabandere); Edward Elgar. July 2017- Chapter 14.
      • Research Handbook on Unilateral Economic. Sanctions (ed. Prof. Charlotte Beaucillon). Book chapter, “Unilateral Economic Sanctions in International Arbitration- Procedural and Substantive issues” (with Prof. Eric de Brabandere); Edward Elgar 2021.
      • Enforcement of Judgments in the One Belt One Road Area, Book chapter for Cambridge University Press ,“One Belt One Road One Dispute Resolution clause”, with Michael Hwang SC (submitted, to publish in 2018/19 editors Shan, Su et al.). Now published also in Michael Hwang SC: collected essays in Dispute Resolution, December 2018.
      • The New Chinese International Commercial Court and the Future of Dispute Resolution in the Belt and Road Initiative. 20188:Vindabona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2018) 22 VJ (2) pp. 96-125. This research was also published in the book, Dispute Resolution in China, Europe and the World (Springer 2020, Chapter 3 Eds. Chen, Janssen).
      • The Cambridge Research Compendium of International Arbitration. Book Chapter, “State Control of Arbitration by National Courts” (publication pending 2021), editors Ferrari, Bjorklund, Kroell).