Career Pathways in International Arbitration

  • October 20, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

International arbitration presents an array of diverse career options for young practitioners. This virtual event will hear from speakers who have walked a variety of differing career paths in international arbitration, from private practice, institutional roles, academia, and as arbitrator. This event will be of interest to those interested in launching their career in international arbitration, and rising stars pondering their next step in the field.


Wednesday, 20 October 2021 @ 4 to 5pm AEDT (this is 1 to 2pm AWST)


Streamed online via Webex.


Kristian Maley, CIArb Councillor and YMG Chair; Counsel, Clifford Chance

Kristian Maley’s practice focuses on resolving construction disputes on major projects across the mining, oil and gas, building, and infrastructures sectors. His experience extends to all major forms of dispute resolution, as well as assisting owners and contractors with contract and claims management.



Prof Chester Brown, Professor of International Law and International Arbitration, University of Sydney

Professor Chester Brown is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the University of Sydney Law School, and the Law School’s Director of Global Engagement. He is also a Barrister at 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney, and an Overseas Member of Essex Court Chambers, London. He teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law. He also maintains a practice in these fields, and has been involved as counsel, expert, and arbitrator in various proceedings, including before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, inter-State and investor-State tribunals, as well as in inter-State conciliation proceedings, international commercial arbitrations, and domestic court proceedings.

Julia Dreosti, Counsel, Clifford Chance

Julia is an experienced arbitration and litigation practitioner in Clifford Chance’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Australia, with over 15 years’ experience advising clients on the full spectrum of contentious matters across a wide range of sectors including energy, defence, infrastructure, construction, government and corporates. She also regularly advises clients on dispute avoidance, contract administration and risk minimisation at all stages of the major project lifecycle.


Judith Levine

Judith Levine, Independent Arbitrator

Judith Levine is an independent arbitrator with extensive experience in public international law, investment treaty and commercial contract disputes. She brings valuable insight from her work in both private practice and at public institutions. Judith has sat as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and co-panellist in ICC, PCA, SIAC, ACICA, and CAS cases seated around the world. In Australia, Judith is a Vice-President of ACICA, a member of the National Sports Tribunal, and a senior member of NCAT. At the 2020 Australian ADR Awards, Judith won “Arbitrator of the Year”. Now Sydney-based, Judith worked for over a decade at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where, as Senior Legal Counsel, she administered some of the world’s most complex disputes, including South China Sea and Yukos. She also represented the PCA at multilateral negotiations including COP21 in Paris. From 2003-2008 Judith practised arbitration at White & Case in New York. Earlier in her career, Judith served with the International Court of Justice, the Australian Attorney-General, and the High Court of Australia. Judith has published and lectured on diverse issues in dispute resolution, including arbitration and climate change. She has an LLM from NYU (Hauser & Fulbright scholar) and a BA/LLB (University Medal) from UNSW.

Imogen Kenny, Solicitor, Herbert Smith Freehills and experienced Tribunal Secretary

Imogen is a disputes lawyer with broad experience in complex and significant disputes, both before international tribunals and courts. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Imogen was an Arbitration Associate to a leading international arbitrator and served as tribunal secretary.


Lydia Low, experienced In-house International Arbitration Lawyer

Lydia Low is a disputes lawyer with a particular focus on construction and oil and gas disputes. She began her legal career as an in-house lawyer for JKC, the main contractor for the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin and has broad experience representing the company in multiple arbitration proceedings under the ICC Rules. Lydia has also spent time on reverse secondment with an international law firm and assisted them to manage the disputes.


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