I am an Australian-qualified disputes lawyer working in Melbourne, Australia with substantial experience in various common law and civil law systems and expertise in public international law.
Over the last 15 years, I have acted as counsel for States in several investment treaty arbitrations and annulment proceedings (under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules), for Australia in the Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan) case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and for a range of Fortune 500 companies in transnational disputes and commercial arbitrations (ICC, LCIA and Swiss Rules), particularly in the domains of finance, joint ventures and intellectual property. I have also acted as an assistant to arbitral tribunals. I am recognised as a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who's Who Legal (WWL/GAR).
I teach and publish (in English, French and German) in areas of law including the law of treaties, dispute settlement before international courts and tribunals, international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, international trade law, international environmental law, international humanitarian law, private international law and the law of contracts. My first book, Intertemporal Linguistics in International Law, on treaty interpretation through time by international courts and tribunals is now available in bookstores.
SELECTED COUNSEL MANDATES
$3 BILLION FINANCIAL ARBITRATION
Acted as counsel for an ultra-high net worth individual in a USD 3 billion institutional arbitration (with systems of both civil and common law applicable) relating to, inter alia, banking services, international trading companies and compley investment funds.
At LALIVE, Geneva (2015-2018)
ICC PATENT LAW ARBITRATION
Acted as counsel for a world-leading multinational technology company in a patent-licensing arbitration under German law.
At LALIVE, Geneva (2016-2017)
WHALING IN THE ANTARCTIC (AUSTRALIA V JAPAN) CASE
BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (ICJ)
Member of Australian government's legal team in International Court of Justice proceeding against Japan (until closure of written proceedings).
At University of Geneva (2008-2012)
ICSID ANNULMENT PROCEEDING
Acted as counsel for Turkey in an annulment proceeding brought under Article 52 of the ICSID Convention against an arbitral award rendered in 2014 in relation to a Dutch-incorporated joint venture's construction project.
At LALIVE, Geneva (2014-2015)
UNCITRAL INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
Acted as counsel for a Mediterranean State in an investment arbitration under UNCITRAL rules in the field of oil and gas .
At LALIVE, Geneva (2016-2018)
COMMERCIAL DISPUTES IN PROPERTY / CONSTRUCTION
Successfully settled a wide range of commercial disputes for building companies, small-medium businesses and business owners at mediations, judicial conferences and procedural hearings in Melbourne court proceedings.
At Abrahams Meese / Proxenia Legal, Melbourne (2019)
VICTORIAN SUPREME COURT PROCEEDINGS
ARISING FROM COLLAPSED JOINT VENTURE
Acted for a large multinational dairy company in Victorian Supreme Court proceedings against a world-leading multinational confectionery company in a contract law / trade practices dispute.
At Minter Ellison, Melbourne (2004-2005)
INTERNATIONALISED GUARANTEE ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS
Acted for HSBC and Rabobank against a major UAE-based trading company in cross-border proceedings involving forward foreign exchange and commodity contracts.
At Minter Ellison, Melbourne (2005-2006)
SERIES OF FRANCHISEE v FRANCHISOR DISPUTES IN AUSTRALIAN COURTS
Solicitor for franchisor operated by major Australian holding company against claims by franchisees in various Australian courts.
At Minter Ellison, Melbourne (2004-2006)
AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE LAW DISPUTES
Volunteer legal case manager for numerous asylum seekers including management of appeals to Australian High and Federal Court.
At ASRC, Melbourne (2004-2006)