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Tony Cole

Tony Cole, FCIArb

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Burton King
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Tony Cole is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Read the first chapter of Understanding International Arbitration (Routledge 2019) by Tony Cole and Pietro Ortolani.

Tony Cole is a globally recognized expert in international and domestic arbitration, cross-border commerce and international investment law. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), an IMI-Certified Mediator, and a member of the New York Bar. He is on the European Parliament’s list of legal experts and was recently asked by the its Committee on Legal Affairs to provide guidance on arbitration in the European Union and Switzerland, with a view to new legislation being developed by the Parliament.

Mr. Cole has more than 10 years’ experience as an arbitrator and advocate in international and complex commercial arbitrations, and has been invited to speak on arbitration by arbitral institutions around the world. While he has worked in a range of fields, he has particular experience in commercial, transportation (aviation/maritime), construction, education and financial disputes. He has served as counsel in international commercial arbitrations at both White & Case and Gentium Law, and has twice been appointed as an appellate arbitrator.

Mr. Cole is on the list or panel of a range of leading arbitral institutions worldwide, including the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC).

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Delivered decisions in numerous arbitrations and adjudications covering a range of fields
  • Served as counsel in arbitrations administered by leading international institutions
  • Teaches the practice of international commercial arbitration in a course certified by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Representative Matters

  • Decision-maker in a range of disputes arising out of commercial and consumer transactions covering a range of fields
  • Counsel and decision-maker in contract-based commercial disputes involving parties from Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey and other jurisdictions
  • Counsel in securities-based litigations and arbitrations, including a multi-billion-dollar securities litigation arising out of the collapse of the Enron Corporation
  • Counsel for both union and employer in labor and employment disputes
  • Decision-maker in disputes relating to the provision of sub-university-level education in the United Kingdom
  • Decision-maker in disputes relating to building construction and surveying


  • Chair, East Midlands Branch Committee, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2020
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (IMI), 2020-present
  • Appointed to the European Parliament’s list of legal experts, 2017–present
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2016–present
  • Member, New York Bar, 2004–present
  • Member, East Midlands Branch Committee, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2017–2020

Invited Presentations (Recent)

  • “Dublin International Arbitration Day”; Arbitration Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; 2018
    • Spoke on cognitive bias in arbitral decision-making
  • “V International Arbitration Readings”; International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Kiev, Ukraine; 2018
    • Spoke on legal limits to arbitration of disputes
  • “Modern Times in Arbitration: Initiatives and Perspectives”; Permanent court of Arbitration attached to the Economic chamber of Macedonia; Skopje, Macedonia; 2018
    • Spoke on legal limits to arbitration of disputes
  • “Guerilla Tactics in Arbitration: Views from Southeast Asia to the Atlantic”; Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration; Dublin, Ireland; 2016
    • Chair of panel and spoke on guerrilla tactics in arbitration
  • “Arbitration Futures: The Next 10 Years”; Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Lisbon, Portugal; 2016
    • Keynote speech to under-40 session; panel member discussing the future of arbitration
  • “International Dispute Resolution: Diversity Towards Convergence?”; International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce; Krakow, Poland; 2015
    • Chair of panel; spoke on arbitration as a field of practice
  • “Towards a Theory of Arbitration: A Decentering Approach to Globalization”; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong, China; 2014
    • Spoke on cultural influences on arbitration practice
  • “International Arbitration: The Role of Law”; Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; Stockholm, Sweden; 2014
    • Spoke on cross-cultural differences in arbitration practice



  • Understanding International Arbitration (lead author with Pietro Ortolani) (2019)
  • The Roles of Psychology in International Arbitration (2017) (editor)
  • The Structure of Investment Arbitration (2013)

Articles and Chapters (Selected)

  • “Arbitration in Its Psychological Context: A Contextual Behavioural Account of Arbitral Decision-Making,” The Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration (Thomas Schultz and Federico Ortino eds.) (lead author with Pietro Ortolani and Sean Wright) (2019)
  • “The Legitimacy of Online Arbitration in Europe,” The Brave New World of Arbitration: The Role of Technology and the Internet in International Arbitration (Christian Aschauer and Maud Piers eds.) (with Pablo Cortés) (2018) (2016)
  • “Arbitration in Southern Europe: Insights From a Large-Scale Empirical Study,” American Review of International Arbitration (lead author with Pietro Ortolani and Barbara Warwas) (2015)
  • “The Boundaries of Most Favored Nation Treatment in International Investment Law,” Michigan Journal of International Law (2012)
  • “Authority and Contemporary International Arbitration,” Louisiana Law Review (2010)
  • “Commercial Arbitration in Japan: Contributions to the Debate on Japanese ‘Non-Litigiousness,’” New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (2007)
  • Arbitration in the Americas (2018) (with Pietro Ortolani, Pinar Karacan and Stephanie Cardoso)
    • Primary investigator and lead author
    • Study supported by the Organization of American States and by the Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Legal Instruments and Practice of Arbitration in the EU (2015) (with Ilias Bantekas, Christine Riefa, Federico Ferretti, Barbara Warwas and Pietro Ortolani)
    • Primary investigator and lead author
    • Study funded by the European Parliament to provide advice with a view to possible European Union legislation on arbitration
  • Gentium Law Group, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Of Counsel, 2016–2018
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Accelerated Fellowship Programme
    • FCIArb, 2015
  • White & Case, New York
    • Associate (international commercial arbitration; litigation), 2004–2007
  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • European University Institute, Florence, Italy
    • Exchange Program, 2003
  • St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland
    • B.A., Liberal Arts, 1997

Counsel Comments

    • “Tony has a deep understanding of the practice of arbitration and an open-minded and pragmatic approach to problems, which make him a reliable decision maker.”
      – Jay Alexander, Global Chair, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Baker Botts



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction
  • Education Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Financial Markets
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Securities
  • Telecommunications
  • International Trade Law
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