Professor Louise BARRINGTON, FCIArb

Professor Luise BARRINGTON, FCIArbInternational arbitrator, Toronto, Canada
Director Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Hong Kong, China

L ouise BARRINGTON was one of Hong Kong’s first  chartered arbitrators (2001), is an accredited mediator,  and is qualified to practice law in Ontario, New York and England.  She worked as a barrister and solicitor in Canada for several years before moving to France to study international private law.   She holds Canadian and British passports, and has been a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong since 2004.    Combining practice with academic pursuits, Louise taught international and commercial law in Canada, England, Hong Kong and the USA.  She has arbitrated scores of cases in Europe and in Asia, under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, including wrongful dismissal, sales, banking, intellectual property, construction and shareholder disputes.

In 1997 Ms BARRINGTON arrived in Hong Kong to found ICC Asia, acting as arbitration resource for businesses throughout the region.  She founded and directs the annual Vis East Arbitration Moot ( and is the founder and former co-president of ArbitralWomen (  She is a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission (from both Hong Kong and Canada) and chaired its Working Group on Guidelines for Arbitrating Small Claims.

Louise has been active since 1996 in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having served for several years on the EAB Branch Committee until 2008 when she left to teach for 2 years in London.  In December 2012 she stepped down after serving the maximum six years  on the CIArb Education and Membership committee in London.   She teaches arbitration practice courses around the world – most recently in Melbourne, Jakarta, Paris, Washington DC and Toronto.  She recently revamped the CIArb International Arbitration Workbooks, and has developed a Refresher Course in Award Writing for professionals intending to sit the CIArb’s Award Writing Exam.  She is chief editore of The Danubia Files: Lessons in Award Writing from the Vis Moot, published in March 2013.