Dr Luke Nottage, Special Counsel

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Dr Luke Nottage is a lawyer, academic and technical assistance consultant based in Sydney, specialising in foreign investment regulation, cross-border arbitration, product safety law and international business law generally. He has extensive experience especially regarding North and Southeast Asia. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in New Zealand in 1995, and in New South Wales in 2001 when he joined the University of Sydney Law School, where he is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law and co-director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law. Luke has also practised as a barrister. He has been involved in arbitration and litigation in various roles since 1995, for proceedings in Australia, Japan, the US and the UK. He has consulted for law reform projects for the OECD, EC, UNDP, ASEAN and the governments of Japan and Saudi Arabia, relating to dispute resolution and/or consumer protection.


Luke is a Special Associate and founding Rules Committee member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and on the Panel of Arbitrators for the AIAC (KLRCA), BIAC, CAAI, JCAA, KCAB, NZIAC, SCIA and TAI. He has or had committee roles in the Law Council of Australia (International Law Section), the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration and the Australia-Japan Society (NSW). He has made numerous media appearances and public Submissions to the Australian government especially regarding arbitration and consumer law reform. Luke has been visiting professor and/or taught courses at leading universities in Asia (eg Keio, Kyoto, Chulalongkorn, Brunei), the Americas (eg Illinois, Santiago de Chile, Victoria), Europe (eg University of Geneva / Graduate Institute MIDS program) and Oceania (eg University of Melbourne – Senior Fellow since 2015). Luke was awarded "ADR Academic of the Year" in 2020 by the Australian Disputes Centre.  In August 2021, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong.  


Luke has (co-)authored or (co-)edited 18 books, including New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (eds., Wolters Kluwer, 2021) and International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration (Elgar, 2021). He has contributed to several practitioner-oriented looseleaf commentaries and published hundreds of journal articles, book chapters and shorter pieces. He has near-native fluency in Japanese and French as well as considerable fluency in German, and has lived in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Switzerland, Belgium and the US as well as Australia and New Zealand.



Over a hundred versions of articles and chapters can be found via the SSRN database at http://ssrn.com/author=488525.



  • Luke Nottage, International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration: Australia and Japan in Regional and Global Contexts (Elgar, 2021) (407 pages), see Outline on Luke's Japanese Law Blog
  • Luke Nottage, Justin Malbon, Jeannie Paterson & Caron Beaton-Wells, ASEAN Consumer Law Harmonisation and Cooperation: Achievements and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2019) (448 pages).
  • Hiroo Sono, Luke Nottage, Andrew Pardieck & Kenji Saigusa, Contract Law in Japan (Wolters Kluwer, 2019, updated 2021 – International Encyclopedia of Laws) (264 pages).
  • Luke Nottage, Product Safety and Liability Law in Japan: From Minamata to Mad Cows (Routledge, 2004) (308 pages).
  • Harald Baum & Luke Nottage, Japanese Business Law in Western Languages: An Annotated Selective Bibliography (Rothman, 1998; Hein, 2nd ed 2013, with Joel Rheuben & Markus Thier) (450 pages).

Co-edited Books

  • Luke Nottage, Shahla Ali, Bruno Jetin & Nobumichi Teramura (eds) New Frontiers in Asia-Pacific International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Wolters Kluwer, 2021) (15 chapters).
  • Julien Chaisse &  Luke Nottage (eds) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (Brill, 2018) (691 pages).
  • Dan Puchniak, Harald Baum &  Luke Nottage (eds) Independent Directors in Asia: A Historical, Contextual and Comparative Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (612 pages).
  • Luke Nottage &  Sakda Thanitcul (eds) ASEAN Product Liability and Consumer Product Safety Law (in English and Thai translation, Winyuchon, Bangkok, 2016) (342 pages).
  • Leon Wolff, Luke Nottage & Kent Anderson (eds) Who Rules Japan? Popular Participation in the Japanese Legal Process (Elgar, 2015) (219 pages).
  • Simon Butt, Luke Nottage & Hitoshi Nasu (eds) Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives (Springer, 2014) (303 pages).
  • Justin Malbon & Luke Nottage (eds) Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (Federation Press, 2013) (438pp).
  • Vivienne Bath & Luke Nottage (eds) Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia (Routledge, 2011) (273 pages).
  • Luke Nottage & Richard Garnett (eds) International Arbitration in Australia (Federation Press, 2010) (296 pages).
  • Takao Tanase (Luke Nottage & Leon Wolff eds and trans) Law and Community: A Critical Assessment of American Liberalism and Japanese Modernity (Elgar, 2010) (194 pages).
  • Luke Nottage, Leon Wolff & Kent Anderson (eds) Corporate Governance in the 21st Century: Japan’s Gradual Transformation (Elgar, 2008) (288 pages).
  • Luke Nottage (ed) CCH Business Law in Japan, Volume 1 (CCH, Singapore/Tokyo, 2008) (471 pages, reproduced from CCH Japan Business Law Guide 2-volume looseleaf, Singapore).
  • Tom Ginsburg, Luke Nottage & Hiroo Sono (eds) The Multiple Worlds of Japanese Law: Disjunctions and Conjunctions (Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, 2001) (199 pages).

Selected Recent Articles

  • "Independent Directors and Corporate Governance in Thailand: A New Frontier", 31 Journal of Transnational Law and Policy (2022) longer version at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3599705 ).
  • James Claxton, Luke Nottage & Brett Williams, “Litigating, Arbitrating and Mediating Japan-Korea Trade and Investment Tensions” (2020) 54(4) Journal of World Trade 591-614 (longer book chapter version at  https://ssrn.com/abstract=3497299).
  • “Confidentiality versus Transparency in International Arbitration: Asia-Pacific Tensions and Expectations” (2020) 16(1) Asian International Arbitration Journal 1-26.
  • Chiara Giorgetti, Steven Ratner, Jeffrey Dunoff, Shotaro Hamamoto, Luke Nottage, Stephan Schill & Michael Waibel “Independence and Impartiality of Adjudicators in Investment Dispute Settlement: Assessing Challenges and Reform Options” (2020) 21(2-3) Journal of World Investment and Trade 441-74 (shorter earlier version via https://www.cids.ch/academic-forum-concept-papers).
  • “Fledgling Corporate Governance and Independent Directors in Cambodia” (2020) 35(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 208-234 (adding an Appendix at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3459361).
  • “Improving the Effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System: Australian Law Reform in Asia-Pacific Context” (2020) Journal of Consumer Policy forthcoming at https://rdcu.be/b4Nxk (longer version at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3530671)

Selected Recent Book Chapters

  • Nobumichi Teramura, Luke Nottage and James Morrison, “International Commercial Arbitration in Australia” in Larry DiMatteo, Marta Infantino and Nathalie Potin (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Judicial Control of Arbitral Awards (Cambridge University Press, 2021) 173-195. (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3379494)
  • Vivienne Bath and Luke Nottage “Asian Investment Treaties and Arbitration” in Julien Chaisse, Leila Choukroune and Sufian Jusoh (eds) New Handbook of International Investment Law (Springer, 2020) 1-36 (longer version at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3544458
  • Luke Nottage and Sakda Thanitcul, "Consumer Protection and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Consumer Product Safety Law in Context” in Geraint Howells et al (eds) Consumer Law in Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2021) forthcoming (based on https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703130)
  • “International Arbitration and Society at Large” in Andrea Bjorkland, Franco Ferrari and Stefan Kroell (eds) Cambridge Compendium on International Arbitration (Cambridge University Press, 2021) forthcoming (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3116528)