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Dr Lucas Clover Alcolea


Tel +64 3 479 8830


Lucas Clover Alcolea is a lecturer in the University of Otago School of Law and was previously a postdoctoral associate in the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution of Cornell University’s ILR School where he designed and taught a course on alternative dispute resolution.

Research interests

His research interests include property law, arbitration, investment law, public and private international law, as well as legal theory (in particular the historical approach to law and Catholic legal theory). He is particularly interested in the complex policy and legal issues posed by the meteoric rise of private justice in recent decades and the challenges this poses to default state-based systems of public justice. Lucas is a contrarian by nature and therefore enjoys challenging orthodoxy in various fields of law.


Lucas obtained his undergraduate law degree from the University of Aberdeen in 2010, his LLM from Edinburgh University and his doctorate in law from McGill University. He has worked in a number of roles in the private and public sector in North America and Europe with a focus on international dispute resolution.

He has published articles in the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution, Trusts & Trustees, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal and the Contemporary Asia Arbitration review among others. His doctoral thesis was published in Spring 2022 by Edward Elgar Publishing as ‘The Arbitration of Trust Disputes’. Lucas has presented his work at conferences organized by the University of Aberdeen, McGill University, the University of St Thomas, the University of New South Wales, and the American Society of International Law among others.