Dr Patricia Zivkovic

Dr Patricia Zivkovic
Dr Patricia Zivkovic

Dr Patricia Zivkovic

SJD(PhD) (Central European University, Budapest), LLM (Central European University, Budapest), mag. iur. (Law School, University of Zagreb)


Accepting PhDs


Room C57

School of Law

Taylor Building

Old Aberdeen

AB24 3UB






Patricia Živković has joined the School of Law in 2019. Patricia is an academic specialising in international arbitration. Her expertise focuses on international dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration. Patricia has worked in practice as an arbitration lawyer in Croatia and she actively fosters the usage of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms by co-chairing the Young Croatian Arbitration Practitioners, an association for younger members of the arbitration community in Croatia, which she also co-founded. Patricia also has a long experience of coaching students for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Patricia also held the position of an associate editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and she obtained in-house experience in the IT industry as Head of Legal Department.

Before joining the University of Aberdeen, Patricia held the position of an assistant professor at the International University of Sarajevo, where she coordinated and taught civil law courses. Patricia finished her undergraduate studies in 2011 at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She holds an LL.M. degree in International Business Law ('12) and an S.J.D. (PhD) degree ('16) from the Central European University (Budapest/New York). She defended her doctoral thesis on the topic “The Determination, Payment, and Allocation of Costs in International Commercial Arbitration” with the highest grade (summa cum laude).

She is Associate Director of the Centre for Private International Law and a member of the Centre for Commercial Law



Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

During my research leave in the second half session of the academic year 2022/23 I am not active in my administrative roles, except as the ECR Representative in the Research Committee.

  • Associate Director of the Center for Private International Law 
  • LLM Dispute Resolution Co-ordinator (online)
  • Academic Line Manager
  • Member of the Executive Committee (Law)
  • Member of the Operational Committee (Law)
  • LLM Admission Selector
  • ECR Representative in the Research Committee
  • Member of the Employment, Entrepreneurship & Co-curriculum Committee
  • Student group liaison (Legal Tech)
  • Member of the Center for Commercial Law


  • Member, Law School's Library Committee


External Memberships

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Patricia's focus in teaching and researching includes:

  • international dispute resolution, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration,
  • private international law,
  • commercial law,
  • the regulation of artificial intelligence, and
  • the regulation of biometric data.

Research Areas

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Research Specialisms

  • Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Comparative Law
  • Business Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • The enforceability of arbitration clauses in antitrust damages cases and the procedural, evidential, and substantive barriers in arbitration for the private enforcement of antitrust damages;
  • Legal and ethical considerations of biometrics and AI.


Patricia is a member of the following research networks:

  • BlockchainResolve - the project resulted in a publication Mind the Gap: Tech-Based Dispute Resolution for Disputes in Global Supply Blockchains; the research group included Denise McCurdy (Georgia State University, Center for Engaged Business Research, USA), Dr Mimi Zou (University of Reading, School of Law, United Kingdom), and Dr Anjanette Raymond (Indiana University, Department of Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business, USA).


Funding and Grants

  • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership funding titled “Time to Become Digital in Law” (DIGInLaw), with Dr Katarina Trimmings as the principal investigator for the team of the University of Aberdeen;
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop Grant with a project titled “Laying the Foundations for a Restatement of Scots Private International Law, with Dr Justin Borg-Barthet, as Primary Applicant, and Dr Katarina Trimmings, as Co-Applicant.


Teaching Responsibilities



  • LS5083 International Commercial Arbitration (Course Co-ordinator)
  • LS551X Negotiations Skills (online) (Course Co-ordinator)
  • LS5905 Professional Arbitration Skills (Course Co-ordinator)



  • LS452M Regulation of Biometric Data and Profiling: Social, Ethical and Legal Implications Honours (Course Co-ordinator) - dormant in 2022/2023
  • LS4011 Law of Sales Honours (Course Co-ordinator)
  • LS402Q Privacy and Data Protection Law
  • LS402T AI and Law
  • LS401Q Private International Law of Commercial Law Honours


Taught before:

  • LS1026 Case Studies on Law in Society (Interim Course Co-ordinator) (2019/20)
  • LS2026 EU Institutions and Law (2019/20)
  • LS503B/LS553B International Sale of Goods (online) (Course Co-ordinator 2019/20, 2020/21)




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