Dr Sarita Patil Woolhouse

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law , Business law , Commercial law , Corporate law

Dr Sarita Patil Woolhouse has worked as a barrister and solicitor in London for over 16 years. Her work is focused on international commercial dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and ADR) in diverse sectors.


Sarita is a creative and versatile lawyer. Her work experience comprises litigation, mediation, arbitration (commercial and treaty, domestic and international) as well as non-contentious work. Her experiences covered a variety of sectors including energy, professional negligence, shipping, trade, construction (including offshore), infrastructure, oil and gas, licensing and knowhow agreements, and telecoms. She has acted for corporate clients and governments. She has drafted contracts and treaties and has worked as a counsel and as an arbitrator. Her doctorate degree in global governance focused on international investment law and was inspired by her work in cross-border treaty arbitration and her interest in global political economy. Her experience also includes writing and speaking on issues of international law. Her long and eclectic work experience and academic training underpin her teaching.

Research interests

  • International contracts
  • International dispute resolution
  • International arbitration
  • Contract law
  • Construction law
  • Law in the context of power (private and public) and reward-risk
  • Competition law
  • Legal history
  • Role of international organisations in the development of international norms

Areas of research supervision

LLM - competition law in the global context

Undergraduate - supervision of dissertations in a variety of subjects


  • 2017 - PhD (Global Governance) Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dissertation titled: 'Seats of corporate convenience and international investment law'
  • 1994 - called to the Bar, Inner Temple, London
  • 1991 - M.Phil (Criminology) Cantab, UK
  • 1998 - Solicitor, England and Wales
  • 1988 - Advocate, Bar Council of Maharashtra, India
  • 1988 - LLB, University of Poona, India

Selected recent publications

Patil, B., Patil Woolhouse, S, 2011, 6th ed of  “The Law of Arbitration” 
Patil Woolhouse S., “Challenge to the ICC hegemony in India, but not from an Indian Institute”, Global Arbitration Review, March 2008.
Patil Woolhouse S., “Statistical analysis of the ten years’ cases under the English Arbitration Act 1996”, Global Arbitration Review, March 2007.
Patil Woolhouse S., “Determining the Scope of an English Arbitration where the Contract is governed by Indian Law”, Bar Info, a Newsletter of Delhi High Court Bar Association October 2007 issue.
Patil Woolhouse S., “Obtaining Evidence from Third Parties to Arbitration”, Transnational Dispute Management, October 2006.
Patil Woolhouse S., “International Arbitration in India – Helping Investors to Avoid the Pitfalls in Arbitration”, ICC UK Members’ Handbook, 2006.
Patil Woolhouse S., “Fork in the Road provisions and PRI policies”, Insurance Day, 2006. 
Patil Woolhouse S., “Occidental v. Ecuador”, Legal Business Global Arbitration Report, 2006. 

Recent presentations and conferences

“Do anti-suit injunctions have a future?”, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, February 2010.
“Recent Trends in Drafting International Arbitration Agreements – Should Creativity be Encouraged?”, Arbitration Conference 28-30 October 2009.
“Case studies in energy disputes”, UNCITRAL, CIAC and SIAC seminar, New Delhi, 1 October 2008. 
“Recent developments in drafting international arbitration agreements”, Salzburg conference at the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, 1 June 2008. 
Keynote Speaker “Recent Trends in International Arbitration”, Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Pune, India, 1 April 2007. 
“Procedural Aspects of Investment Treaty Arbitration”, conference at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, 8 September 2006.
“Discovery in International Investment Treaty Arbitrations”, conference at the Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, 1 June 2006.
“Nuts and bolts of investment treaty arbitrations” in a seminar I conceived of and organised on “the Impact of BITs on the PRI Market” – at the Lloyd’s Building, 1 March 2006.
“Recent Developments in Investment Treaty Arbitration – Umbrella Clauses” the Center for International Legal Studies, Bad Gastein, Austria, 1 January 2006.