School of Law

Laurence Shore, BA (NC), MA, PhD (John Hopkins), JD (Emory)



Laurence Shore holds a J.D., with distinction, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1989 (Editor-in-Chief, Emory Law Journal, 1988-1989, Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, 1986-1989, Order of the Coif, 1989), a Ph.D., History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1984, an M.A., History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1980, and a B.A., with highest honours (History), Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977. He has been a partner of Herbert Smith LLP (since 1999) and head of the International Arbitration Practice Group since 2003. Formerly he was Attorney-Adviser International, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (1995), Assistant Professor of History, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, 1983-1986, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1982-1983. He is admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, 1989 and to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1991. He is also Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted 1996 and holds a Higher Rights Advocacy Certificate for Civil Courts.

He is member of the Editorial Board, International Arbitration Law Review.




  • Southern Capitalists:  The Ideological Leadership of an Elite, 1832-1885 (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1986); 
  • International Investment Arbitration:  Substantive Principles  (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2007 with Campbell McLachlan and Matthew Weiniger); 


  • "A Comment on the IBA Guidelines On Conflicts of Interest:  The Fragile Balance Between Principles and Illustrations, and the Mystery of the 'Subjective Test'", 15 The American Review of International Arbitration 599 (Nos. 3-4, 2004); 
  • "The Enduring Power of Racism:  A Reconsideration of Winthrop Jordan's White Over Black", History and Theory 44 (May 2005), pp. 195-226; 
  • (with Stephan Wilske) "The Rise and Fall of the "Group of Companies" Doctrine", Journal of International Dispute Resolution (4/2005, p. 157); 
  • (with N. Gallagher and G. Carey) "Interest on Arbitral Awards: English and Irish Law Compared", 13 Commercial Law Practitioner 98 (No. 4, April 2006).
  • “Three Evidentiary Problems in International Arbitration”, German Arbitration Journal (March/April 2004), pp. 76-80; 
  • (with Norah Gallagher) “Bilateral Investment Treaties: Options and Drawbacks”, International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2, April 2004, pp. 49-53; 
  • “What Lawyers Need to Know About International Arbitration”, Journal of International Arbitration (February 2003), Vol.20:1, pp.67-74; 
  • “Disclosure and Impartiality:  An Arbitrator’s Responsibility”, Dispute Resolution Journal, February 2002, pp. 32-39, 78-84; 
  • “The Advantages of Arbitration for Banking Institutions”, Journal of International Banking Law (November 1999), Vol. 14:11; 
  • “The US and English Legal Systems: the differences”, In-house Lawyer July/August 1999, pp 39-42; (with Dr. Julian D.M. Lew) "International Commercial Arbitration: Harmonizing Cultural Differences", Dispute Resolution Journal, August 1999, pp. 33-38;
  • “Making applicants take evidence properly: challenges to letters of request”, 32 International Commercial Litigation July/August 1998, pp 41-43; 
  • “Defamation and Employment Relationships: The New Meanings of Private Speech, Publication, and Privilege”, Emory Law Journal, Comment, Summer 1989, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 871-907.