Albert Monichino QC

Albert Monichino QCPast President

LLB (Hons)
Grad. Dip. IP Law
C. Arb


Albert is the Immediate Past President of CIArb Australia. A Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb), and Advanced Mediator, he was  appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.  With over  25 years’ experience, he practises as a barrister, arbitrator and mediator in Australia and overseas.

Areas of Practice

Albert has a general commercial litigation practice in the superior courts of Australia, and also in commercial arbitrations (domestic and international).  Matters include:

  • Construction and engineering disputes (e.g. acting as senior junior counsel for Fluor in the Flour v Anaconda arbitration, 2001 – 2003, involving claims exceeding $A1billion);
  • Financial services and investment disputes;
  • Contractual disputes;
  • Partnership, company, shareholder and joint venture disputes; and
  • Intellectual property disputes.

Education and Qualifications

Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, Australia

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University, Australia

Master of Laws, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Graduate Diploma of Intellectual Property Law, Melbourne University

Appointments and Memberships

Albert is a Chartered Arbitrator and a  Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).
He is a former Vice President (Convenor) of the Commercial Bar Association of the Victorian Bar (COMMBAR) and is currently the Co-Chair of its Arbitration and ADR Section.
He is a member of the Nominations Committee of  the International Commercial Chambers (ICC) Australia, the ACICA Arbitration and Mediation panels, the Arbitration Panels of  the Resolution Institute, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC),  Shenzhen Arbitration Commission (SZAC), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC), and the Reserve List of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).


Albert has lectured and/or tutored in the CIArb Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration since its inception in 2006 in Australia and abroad, as well as being a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University and Monash University.  He was the Co-Course Director of the inaugural CIArb Asia Pacific Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration  held in Singapore . He has presented widely in the areas of commercial law, arbitration and ADR and has articles published including:

  • "Privilege disputes in international arbitration" (December 2016) ACICA Review
  • "International Arbitration in Australia: 2015/2016 Year in Review" (November 2016) 27 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 211 (co-authored with Alex Fawke)
  •  "Arbitration Downunder – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back" (August 2016) Australian Construction Law Newsletter
  • "Termination for Convenience: Good Faith and Other Possible Restrictions" Building and Construction Law Journal (2015) 31 BCL 68  March 2015
  •  AUSTRALIA: "The Race to Decide a Grand Prix Driver" Global Arbitration Review 16 March 2015
  •  "Costs in Statutory Derivative Actions: The Lingering Ghost of Wallersteiner" Company and Securities Law Journal January 2015
  •  "International Arbitration in Australia: 2013/2014 in Review"  Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal October 2014
  •  "Adjudicators: Beware of Natural Justice" Australian Construction Law Bulletin September 2014
  •  "Recent Developments in Expert Evidence in Victoria" Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice March 2014
  •  "Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, Issue Estoppel and Comity: Developments in Australia(Link)Asian Dispute Review January 2014
  •  "International arbitration in Australia: 2012/2013 in reviewAustralasian Dispute Resolution Journal October 2013
  • “International Arbitration:Sheep, Wolves and Vegetarianism – A View from Down Under”, (2013) Construction Law International (September)
  • “When High Risk Strategies are ‘Worth a Go’”, (2013) The ACICA News (June) pp 23 – 26
  • “Blowing Hot and Cold on the International Arbitration Act”, (2013) NSW Law Society Journal (May) pp 56 – 59
  • “Stop Clock Hearing Procedures in Arbitration”, Asian Dispute Review (July 2009), pp 76 - 81
  • “Reform of the Australian Domestic Arbitration Acts – It’s Time”, The Arbitrator & Mediator, (October 2009) Vol 28 No. 1, pp 83 – 102
  • “The Adequacy of Arbitral Reasons: An Australian Perspective”, Asian Dispute Review (October 2010), pp 118 – 122
  • “Arbitration Reform in Australia: Striving for International Best Practice”, The Arbitrator & Mediator, (October 2010)  Vol 29 No 1, pp 29 – 47
  • "International Arbitration in Australia - 2010/2011 in Review", (2011) 22 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal pp 215 – 227
  • "Australia: Apex Court Speaks Out on Adequacy of Arbitral Reasons", Global Arbitration Review Journal (online, 12 January 2012)
  •  "International Arbitration in Australia: The Need to Centralise Judicial Power" (2012) 86 Australian Law Journal pp 118 – 133
  • “International Arbitration in Australia: Selected Case Notes and Trends” (2012) 19 Australian International Law Journal pp 181 – 211
  • “Parallel Litigation and Arbitration: Abuse of Process?” (2012) Asian Dispute Review (October), pp 121 – 124
  • “International Arbitration in Australia: 2011/2012 in Review”, (2012) 23 Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal pp 234 – 248
  • “The Temporal Operation of the New Section 21 – Beware the Black Hole”, (2012) The ACICA News (December)
  • “Australia and the Backlash Against Investment Arbitration” (2013) ADR Reporter (March) pp 28 – 30
  • “Today’s Decision of the Apex Court” (13 March 2013) Global Arbitration Review News.
  • “Blowing Hot and Cold on the International Arbitration Act”, (2013) NSW Law Society Journal (May) pp 56 – 59
  • “Mediation: An Honesty-free Zone?”, The Australian ADR Reporter (December 2007)
  • Other

He participated in drafting IAMA’s Fast-Track Arbitration Rules and Practice Note (published in June 2007).

He is a member of the ICC Taskforce on Emergency Arbitration and was a member the ICC Taskforce on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration.


P: +61 3 9225 8247