Differing from the adversarial court system which is often quite intimidating, I find that the flexible and informal nature of ADR makes it a much more attractive avenue to take. The way in which it seeks to find solutions that are catered towards individual party needs allows parties to have more control over the process and outcome of their dispute. In terms of the highlights while interning at ADC/ACICA, interning at the ADC/ACICA gave me the opportunity to not [...]
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Investment treaty arbitration is being increasingly used by investors to protect their international investments. To encourage investment between the contracting states, an investment treaty will commonly confer certain minimum levels of protection on investors from one state with respect to their investments in the other. These protections are typically enforceable by the investor directly against the state party through investment arbitration. Earlier this year, Ashurst updated you on recent investment treaty developments in Australia (available here: https://disputescentre.com.au/recent-investment-arbitration-developments-australia/). More recently, the [...]
Case note: Fitzpatrick v Emerald Grain Pty Ltd  WASC 206 Summary In the recent decision in Fitzpatrick v Emerald Grain Pty Ltd, Martin CJ of the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered whether the choice by the parties of specialist arbitration rules relating to grain sale disputes limited the scope of disputes that are captured by the arbitration clause. On this issue, the Court held that the parties' choice of specialist arbitration rules did not limit the scope [...]
A guide to eTrials In the digital age, the volume of material before the court is growing and creating new document management challenges. Advances in technology have streamlined the trial process, while fostering the growth of intuitive and efficient work processes. Some courts such as the Land and Environment Court of NSW have embraced the potential of paperless hearings to save time and cost. Service providers, such as DTI’s NuLegal team, have developed eTrial services to support hearings both large [...]
In Hui v Esposito, Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia set aside a partial award in an international arbitration and removed the arbitrator on the grounds of procedural unfairness and bias. This case modifies Australian law on arbitrator bias and serves as a reminder of the risks of preliminary hearings in international arbitrations. Read Full Article HERE Author: Horace Ng
Advancing Australia’s expertise and helping to build networks of influence are central to ADC’s role in the ADR industry. In September, it was ADC’s honour to welcome senior delegates from China, representing 25 law societies from across the country. Presenting in Mandarin, ADC’s Cindy Wong opened the evening with a presentation on the current legal infrastructure and background of ADR in Australia, including the functions and role of the Australian Disputes Centre and the Australian Centre for International [...]
On Monday 25 September 2017 Sydney University hosted His Excellency Justice James Crawford AC SC FBA of the International Court of Justice to deliver an insightful talk on “International Court of Justice – A Progress Report”. His Excellency gave an overview of the Court, current and pending cases and prospects for the future. Short Biography James Crawford is only the second Australian to hold the prestigious position as a Justice of the ICJ, following in the footsteps of Sir Percy [...]
LCIA Sydney Symposium Keynote Address "Australia as a Global Hub" 8 October 2017 Professor Doug Jones AO Introduction It is an honour to have been invited to deliver this keynote to my friends and colleagues of the international arbitration community present on the occasion of this LCIA event in Sydney. I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their [...]
With the privilege of the Hon Justice Francois Kunc attending the Grand Final of the ADC Schools Debating Competition 2017, our participating Year 10 students capped off another amazing six-week program. The competition is run annually as part of ADC’s Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2017 our participants had a lot of fun developing their team-work (collaborating in teams with students from other schools), putting their heads together to brainstorm an array of persuasive arguments on various challenging topics, executing their [...]
Thank you for inviting me to speak at this dinner and to participate in the presentation of the Dispute Resolution Awards. Alternative dispute resolution has come a long way in the last 30 years. The term is now something of an anachronism. What used to be ‘alternative’ is mainstream. As a Judge of the Federal Court in 1990 I was interested in the use of court-annexed mediation as a way of encouraging more and earlier settlements or at least narrowing [...]