Current Topics in International Arbitration

  • March 29, 2022
    5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

You are invited to attend the first in-person event in 2022 of the International Arbitration Series, a joint initiative of the CIArb Australia and Federal Court of Australia.

Addressed by a distinguished chair and panel, the seminar will focus on today’s most relevant issues in international arbitration. 

This will be followed by a cocktail networking session. 


Tuesday, 29th March 2022 at 5.45pm – 6.45pm AEDT


HFW, Level 39, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


The Honourable Justice Middleton, Judge in Charge of International Arbitration, Federal Court of Australia

John Eric Middleton was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia effective from 31 July 2006.

He was appointed a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal effective from 16 February 2009 and President effective from 1 July 2016.

He was appointed a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal effective from 24 November 2010.

He was appointed Part-time Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission effective 28 November 2012.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne as Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and from the University of Oxford as Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class Honours). He was the Winter Williams Scholar (University of Oxford (1976)).

He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1976. After serving as Associate to Sir Ninian Stephen, then Justice of the High Court of Australia, he was called to the Bar in 1979 where he practised predominantly in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Resources Law and Commercial Law.

He was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel for the State of Victoria in 1991 and subsequently became Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council.

His extra curial activities include being a former Council Member of The University of Melbourne, a member of The American Law Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Advisory Board and Judicial Liaison Committee and Patron of the Oxford Society in Victoria.

He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services as a former Chairman of the Bar Council, to the community and to education.


Caroline Kenny QC, Barrister and Chartered Arbitrator, Australasian Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Caroline has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial disputes including as Queens’ Counsel for 12 years, as a nationally accredited mediator and as an arbitrator. She has practised in Australia, New York and London and is admitted in all three jurisdictions.

Caroline maintains chambers at Owen Dixon Chambers West in Melbourne, Australia, and at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London. She practices in a broad range of commercial law, insurance law, construction, energy and intellectual property disputes.

Caroline is a Chartered Arbitrator and regularly sits as an arbitrator. She is the Australasian Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, former President of the Australian branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Australian Centre For Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Her arbitration experience includes appointments as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in numerous international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitral institutions. She is on the London based CIArb Approved Faculty Listing and has taught the CIArb pre-eminent Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and for three successive years at Oxford University. Caroline was the Course Director for the APAC Diploma in International Arbitration course held in Perth in July 2018 and in Singapore in May 2019. She is also the Course Director for the CIArb Accelerated Route to Fellowship course and for the CIArb Award Writing course.

Caroline is empanelled on numerous arbitration panels including SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC, ICDR and WIPO.

Caroline’s ruling as a sole arbitrator in a challenge to jurisdiction was upheld by the High Court of Singapore and led to new law on an arbitral tribunal’s discretion when a challenge to jurisdiction is made: Malini Ventura v Knight Capital Pte Ltd and others [2015] SGHC 225.

Nick Longley, Partner, HFW

Nick advises on construction and construction insurance law, focusing particularly on arbitration relating to major infrastructure and energy-related projects.

He advises governments, employers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, construction professionals and insurers on all aspects of construction law, including procurement, contract production and negotiation, claims preparation and dispute resolution. He also advises insurers and insureds on policy interpretation, claims and subrogated claims.

He is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a director of ACICA. Nick is on the list of arbitrators at the HKIAC, a Grade 3 Resolution Institute arbitrator as well as being on the list of arbitrators held by the Asian International Arbitration Centre.

Nick is admitted in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.

Nick is listed as a Construction expert in Who’s Who Legal 2018.

Nick is highly recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 for Construction and the International Who’s Who includes him within their list of the World’s leading construction lawyers. Sources praise Nick for his “hands-on approach” and noted: “with his involvement, we feel comfortable that the company’s interests will be safeguarded” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2014).

Bronwyn Lincoln, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Bronwyn practices in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation, with a focus on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. She is also an international arbitrator.

Bronwyn has advised and acted for national and global clients across a range of industries, including telecommunications, technology, resources and mining, infrastructure, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and real property. She has specific expertise in the resolution of shareholder and joint venture disputes and disputes arising under distribution and licensing agreements.

As one of Australia’s four designated conciliators for the World Bank and a panel arbitrator for a number of international arbitral institutions (including SIAC and AIAC), Bronwyn’s practical and global perspective is highly valued by her clients. She regularly advises on complex private and public international law issues.

Bronwyn is a Director at both the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Australian Disputes Centre. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Federal Litigation and ADR Executive and Chair of the Executive’s Trans-National Litigation Committee.

RSVP: Please RSVP by no later than 5.00pm on 25 March 2022.

Executive Officer
CIArb Australia

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