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Dominic Roughton


Iran Group

Dominic is a partner in our London office.



Dominic helps clients on commercial matters in international arbitration and international litigation across all major industry sectors. He has particular expertise in the energy and mining sectors working on international boundary disputes, sovereignty, the Law of the Sea, treaty negotiation and interpretation, as well as State to State and investor State dispute resolution procedures.

Dominic spent 12 years in Japan working on international boundary disputes and state-to-state dispute resolution procedures. Dominic brings this insight to help his clients that are oil companies with interests in Asia, and for Asian oil companies with interests outside Asia and in particular in Africa and in the Middle East. 

Dominic is an arbitrator and has acted as counsel under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, JCAA, CIETAC as well as in pure ad hoc and UNCITRAL references. Many of Dominic’s cases have involved jurisdictional disputes concerning parallel proceedings before other arbitral tribunals and in national courts in the United States, England and in offshore jurisdictions.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 has ranked Dominic as a leading individual in dispute resolution since 2005 and Chambers Global has recognised Dominic since 2007, as a leading individual in public international law, international arbitration and international disputes. Who’s Who in Public International Law lists Dominic as one of around 600 leading public international lawyers.

Dominic's experience includes advising

  • a group of international oil companies on their rights under public international law, national and international investment law in respect to contracts granted by the Republic of the Sudan
  • the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on its maritime boundary disputes in the hydrocarbon-rich Bay of Bengal
  • an Asian offshore contractor in a dispute arising out of US, UN and EU sanctions, and the terms upon which it can withdraw from Iran, subject to multiple UNCITRAL arbitrations
  • a consortium of oil companies operating in the seas off the East Indian Archipelago on their rights under a series of treaties subject to termination