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Chief Justices Past and Present: Dispute Resolution Lecture Series - Lecture One

International dispute resolution and an international justice system

3 August 2021 | Zoom webinar

Join the Law Council's International Law Section for the first lecture of the Chief Justices Past and Present: Dispute Resolution Lecture Series, featuring The Hon. James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, and chaired by Ms Mary Walker OAM, Chair of the International Law Section.

International commerce is not a new phenomenon – since antiquity it has served not only as a means by which isolated groups could trade wares but it has facilitated the intermingling and evolution of philosophies, legal and moral norms and trade custom. Upon this built a system of international justice.

Whilst there are many variances between the forms of dispute resolution that we might classify as international in nature, by conceptualising these forms of dispute resolution as sitting within a system of international justice, albeit a decentralised and diverse one, we can accommodate these variances and competing interests in our frame of reference and recognise this great feat of international cooperation.

This system underpins the prosperity and security of the rules-based international order which promotes good faith and mutual respect and combats insular thinking. We, as legal practitioners in all types of international dispute resolution, should recognise our role in maintaining the integrity of this system which serves all beneficiaries of the international rule of law, as well as the commercial community.  


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The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001, Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998. From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008, he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

From 1981 to 2014, Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. From 2015 to 2018, he taught maritime law part-time at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.

On 19 March 2013, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He is President of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. From 2018 he was appointed Inaugural Patron of the Australian Insurance Law Association. From 2019, his Honour is Chair of the ACICA Judicial Liaison Committee, a member on Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) Board of Governors representing the Australian Judiciary and a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association.

Ms Mary Walker OAM

Mary is Chair of the International Law Section.







For any inquiries about the event, please contact the Section Administator. 

Doris Wimmler
ILS Section Administator
T. 02 6246 3758

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