6th International Arbitration Conference

The business of international commercial arbitration

17 October 2018, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

The Australian Arbitration week is the premier arbitration event delivered in Australia. It has been held yearly since it originated with Sydney Arbitration Week in 2013. An initiative of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (BLS), it involved firstly Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and more recently the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia (CIArb) and is designed to produce a strong and diverse collection of topics, interests and speakers.

CIArb Australia Annual Dinner

Following the conference, CIArb Australia will host its Annual Dinner at one of Melbourne’s acclaimed fine dining restaurants, No35, Level 35, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The special guest speaker will be Allan Myers AC QC, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, leading international arbitrator and prominent businessman.

Key note speaker - Dr. Michael Pryles AO PBM

Dr Pryles will be speaking on ‘Australia’s place in International arbitration’.

Dr. Michael Pryles AO PBM is a well-known arbitrator, recognised as a “star individual” by Chambers Asia-Pacific and ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global. Prior to practising solely as an arbitrator, Michael was a partner at MinterEllison and a Professor of Law at Monash University. He has sat as an arbitrator in over 400 commercial and investor-State arbitrations worldwide. He has experience in: ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCC, JCAA, KLRCA and Swiss rules; and investor-State arbitrations under the ICSID rules, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules (BITs, NAFTA, CAFTA and state investor protection laws). These arbitrations have involved investment, construction, energy, insurance, distribution, commercial, technology-transfer and joint-venture disputes, with sums claimed up to USD 18 billion. Michael is the Founder President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Treasurer of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a Fellow of numerous arbitral institutions and associations.


You can access the full program and speaker profiles here. The delegate list can be accessed here

Time Session
9.00-9.10 Welcome to Delegates
Ian Nosworthy, Arbitrator, Cowell Clarke Solicitors, Australia
Caroline Kenny QC, Barrister and International Arbitrator, President, CIArb Australia
9.10-9.30 Keynote Address
Dr. Michael Pryles AO PBM, Australia
9.30-10.30 Around the Globe in 60 Minutes: Hot Topics in International Arbitration
Chair: The Hon Justice John Middleton, Federal Court of Australia
Panellists: Robin Oldenstam, Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden, Leonora Riesenburg FCIArb, Group Head of Legal at Gulf General Investment Co PSC (Group of Companies) in Dubai
Gowri Kangeson, Partner, DLA Piper, Australia
10.30-11.30 Challenges to Jurisdiction: Timing, Practice and Procedure
Chair: The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC, Australia
Panellists: Chou Sean Yu, Partner, Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore, Christopher To, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, Hong Kong
Ernest Van Buuren, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Australia
11.30-12.00 Morning Tea
12.00-1.00 China's Belt & Road: What it Means for the Asia Pacific Region
Chair: Justin D'Agostino, Global Head of Disputes, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
Panellists: Vod KS Chan, Barrister, Hong Kong
Max Bonnell, Partner, White & Case, Australia
Ariane Owen, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy, Australia
1.00-2.15 Lunch
2.15-3.15 Evidence and Procedure in International Arbitration: Streamlining for Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness
Chair: Prof The Hon Marilyn Warren AC, Australia
Panellists: Nick Longley, Partner, HFW, Australia
Alan Anderson, Alan Anderson Law Firm LCC, USA
Ben Davidson, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia
3.15-3.45 Afternoon Tea
3.45-4.45 Enforcement of Awards: Problems and Practical Tips
Chair: The Hon Justice Clyde Croft, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
Panellists: John Walton, President AMINZ, New Zealand
Justin Hogan-Doran, 7 Wentworth Selborne, Australia
Jelita Pandjaitan, Partner, Linklaters, Singapore
4.45-5.00 Closing Address
Khory McCormick, Vice President, ACICA, Australia
Ian Nosworthy, Arbitrator, Cowell Clarke Solicitors, Australia
7.00-7.30 Pre-Dinner Drinks
7.30-11.00 CIArb Australia Annual Dinner with guest speaker Allan Myers AC QC, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, leading arbitrator and prominent businessman.

MC: Patrick Durkin, Melbourne Bureau Chief, The Australian Financial Review


Early bird registrations close 28 September.

Early bird ticket type Price
ACICA/BLS/CIArb Australia member, with CIArb Australia dinner $980
Non-Member, with CIArb Australia dinner $1180
Member - conference only $800
Non-member - conference only $1000
CIArb Dinner Ticket only - Sold out (waiting list available) $180

**Note** - To register for the CIArb Dinner waiting list, please contact Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick.

Non-early bird prices.

Ticket type Price
ACICA/BLS/CIArb Australia member, with CIArb Australia dinner $1180
Non-member, with CIArb Australia dinner $1380
Conference only $1280

Registration includes:

All working sessions and conference materials will be in English.

Dress code: business attire. 

If you wish to not appear on the delegate list, please contact Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick.

Travel arrangements and visas

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. It is recommended that you check your visa requirements with your local Embassy or Consulate. We are unable to send out letters supporting visa applications to Embassies prior to receipt of your registration and full payment of registration fees. Please apply for your visa in good time.


The Conference has negotiated a special delegate rate at the Sofitel on Collins for Classic Rooms at $250.00 per room per night, room only, including wifi. Guests can access this special rate by quoting LAW161018. The reservations team at the Sofitel can be reached via the hotel operator on +61 3 9653 0000. 


The Business Law Section was established within the Law Council of Australia in 1980. It provides a forum through which lawyers and others interested in the laws, practices and procedures affecting business, finance and other commercial activities throughout Australia can enhance their professions skills.

It also enables them to develop contacts and work with governments and other international institutions for the reform of laws affecting the interests of Australian business.


The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia’s international dispute resolution institution. Established in 1985 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, ACICA’s objective is to promote and facilitate the efficient resolution of commercial disputes throughout Australia and internationally by arbitration and mediation, and to advance Australia’s profile as one of the region’s premier seats for resolving cross-border disputes.

ACICA provides a range of administrative services to parties in dispute and is the sole default appointing authority competent to perform the arbitrator appointment functions under the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth).

ACICA is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) and a signatory to cooperation agreements with over 30 global arbitral bodies including the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. ACICA is also represented on the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFAI).


Since 1915, and with over 16,000 members worldwide in over 130 countries operating in over 250 commercial sectors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators exists for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution.

In addition to providing education, training and accreditation for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, CIArb acts as an international centre for practitioners, policymakers, academics and the business community.

CIArb Australia is one of 40 branches offering institute members a prestigious and globally-recognised qualification, and as well as access to a global professional community and regular networking opportunities.

Sponsoring and Supporting Organisations


Ms Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick
Section Administrator
T. (02) 6246 3737
E. jane.bacot-kilpatrick@lawcouncil.asn.au

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