Stuart Bruce

Stuart Bruce is a senior associate in the Firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group.

Mr. Bruce focuses his practice on international arbitration across a range of industries, and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has advised governments, government entities, and multinational corporations on commercial, investment and public international law issues, and has represented clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA rules), and in international commercial litigation, in civil and common law jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has also advised on public international law issues related to investment structuring, state succession, state immunity, international organizations and law of the sea.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Bruce worked at a leading global law firm in London, where he focused on investment treaty arbitration and public international law matters. Mr. Bruce also worked at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, and with the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change during the initial development of the Paris Agreement. 

In addition to his practice as counsel, Mr. Bruce is an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom Energy and Environment Committee. Mr. Bruce publishes, speaks and lectures regularly on various topics within the field of international law, with a particular focus on dispute resolution, sustainable energy, climate change and environment-related matters.


  • Representing a large Asian insurance company in a post M&A ICC arbitration seated in Hong Kong in relation to claims arising under a share purchase agreement for an acquisition in Korea, with more than $1 billion in dispute. 
  • Representing a major US oil and gas exploration company in a US $300 million ICC arbitration sited in London regarding a drilling rig dispute in West Africa. 


  • Awarded the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law prize for best submission for his article "International Energy Law"

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  • Education

    • LLM, University College London

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    • Graduate Diploma, Energy and Resources Law, University of Melbourne

    • LLB, Monash University

    • BS, Psychology and Business Management, Monash University

  • Admissions

    • Australia

  • Languages

    • English