13 Nov 2012

Arbitration's place in the 21st century the focus of 11th annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration lecture

Sydney, 13 November 2012: Respected international arbitrator David W. Rivkin will tonight tackle the question of the relevance of international arbitration in the 21st century and its effectiveness at promoting international trade, at the 11th annual International Arbitration lecture, a joint initiative of Clayton Utz and the University of Sydney.

Mr Rivkin, who is Co-Chair of US firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s International Dispute Resolution Group, will give this year's address at the Federal Court - Ceremonial Court before an anticipated audience of around 300 judges, academics, lawyers and other members of Sydney's legal and business communities.

The national head of Clayton Utz's International Arbitration practice and Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) president, Professor Doug Jones AO, said Mr Rivkin's over 30 years' experience in conducting international arbitrations globally gave him a unique insight into arbitration's place in a global economic environment.

"Mr Rivkin has appeared before virtually every major arbitration institution around the world and has an unparalleled understanding of the relationship between arbitration and global markets.

"Clayton Utz is grateful for David's support for the annual International Arbitration lecture, which continues to be an important vehicle for promoting the development and study of international arbitration in Australia, and the broader region," said Professor Jones AO.

University of Sydney Law School Acting Dean and Professor of Commercial Law, Greg Tolhurst, said The Sydney Law School was committed to providing its students with a legal education that is engaged with the global aspects of modern law. "This is the market our students will enter and they must have the knowledge and skills to operate in that market. International commercial arbitration has now become an important aspect of commercial law and its growth reflects that globalised legal market. It is therefore imperative that the Sydney Law School educate students in this subject and be involved in important lectures such as the Clayton Utz/Sydney University International Arbitration Lecture which hosts leading practitioners and thinkers in the field such as David W. Rivkin.

"We are very proud of our long relationship with Clayton Utz in this venture," said Professor Tolhurst.

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