Past Events

Australia’s new policy on investor-state dispute settlement – Sydney

Australia’s new policy on investor-state dispute settlement - Sydney, 3 August 2011

In April 2011, the Gillard Government announced in its Trade Policy Statement: Trading Our Way to More Jobs and Prosperity that it would significantly restrict the practice of including investor-state dispute settlement provisions in bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. In doing so, it adopted one of the recommendations of the Australian Productivity Commission’s report on bilateral and regional trade agreements, which was published in December 2010.

The stated reasons for this major policy shift include the Government’s concern that it should not support provisions that would constrain the ability of Australian governments to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters, or provisions that confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses.  This change in Australia’s approach to the negotiation of international investment agreements has been welcomed by some constituencies, but has also caused disquiet in others.

This seminar will focus on this new policy, and consider the implications for the Australian Government, Australian private business, and other stakeholders in inward and outward foreign investment.

This seminar is presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law and the Australian etwork for Japanese Law. It is also supported by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Australian Branch.


Max Bonnell, Partner, Mallesons & Adjunct Professor, Sydney Law School

Associate Professor Chester Brown, Sydney Law School

Associate Professor Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School

Chair: Robert Pritchard, Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International


Full fee: $135; SLS Alumni: $108; F/T students/academics: $33 (all inc GST)

Registration & Details


Event Coordinator
Phone: 9351 0238

When: 6:00pm on to 7:30pm on 3/8/2011
Minter Ellison Room, Level 13, St James Campus
173 - 175 Phillip Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: 9351 0238

APRAG General Meeting & Conference – Kuala Lumpur

The Fourth Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) General Meeting and Conference will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 9 and 10 July 2011. The theme for APRAG 2011 is 'International Arbitration in a Challenging Region'.  The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) is the host, organiser and secretariat for the event.

For more information, please see the attached programme, or visit the APRAG 2011 website,

When: 7:30am on 8/7/2011 to 2:50pm on 10/7/2011
Mandarin Oriental
Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur, KL 50088


CIArb Asia-Pacific Conference – Sydney

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Asia-Pacific Conference 2011 is a dynamic two day forum which will consider challenges and opportunities for international dispute resolution practices driven by reform and regional investment.

Delegates will hear from leading members of government, industry, business and arbitration specialists, who will draw upon their wealth of knowledge and experience.


  • Innovations in international arbitration: recent changes to legislation and practice in the Asia Pacific region
  • Technical innovation in arbitration
  • Regional challenges to and opportunities for international arbitration
  • International arbitration and the courts - the Australian approach
  • How to draft an arbitration clause and its effect on enforcement
  • The growth of international mediation in the region
  • Arbitration - a commercial client perspective

Who Should Attend?

  • Judges and arbitrators
  • Practitioners in international commercial arbitration and mediation
  • Corporate counsel and Legal Directors of corporations engaged in international trade
  • Lawyers advising corporations engaged in international trade
  • Practising lawyers
  • Policy Makers
  • Regional Regulators
  • Investors
  • Financiers
  • Chief Executives and Senior Managers

Why you should attend?

  • Hear from global arbitration leaders and decision makers
  • Gain up to date insights on leading edge issues
  • Engage in high level and wide ranging networking opportunities
  • Attendance will earn Continuing Professional
  • Development (CPD) points
  • Receive special delegate offers and discounts

For more information on the CIArb Asia-Pacific Conference, go to

When: 9:00am on 27/5/2011 to 5:00am on 28/5/2011
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9230 0700

International Mediation Seminar – Sydney

International mediation seminar at Blake Dawson, Sydney.This seminar is geared to both the mediation novice and experienced practitioner. It will cover some fundamental preliminary issues and then move on to the discussion of current developments in cross-border mediation.

The topics covered in the seminar will include:

  1. Drafting of mediation clauses and the process of mediation
  2. Developments in international mediation including mediation-arbitration

The workshop will include an opportunity to observe and role play in a mock mediation.

The seminar will be conducted by qualified and experienced international mediators including Michelle Sindler, Alan Limbury, Rashda Rana and Damian Sturzaker. The seminar will conclude with drinks at 5pm, enabling those in attendance to proceed to the welcome cocktail party at the CIArb Asia Pacific Conference at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Please register expressions of interest with Ann Hipwell at

When: 2:00pm on to 5:00pm on 26/5/2011
Level 36
225 George Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9258 6000

CIArb Christmas Party

Simon Davis will be hosting the WA Chapter Christmas party at Sir Francis Burt Chambers of 21 December 2010.

When: 3:45pm on 21/12/2010
77 St Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000