25 Nov 2015

14th annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture focuses on unpredictability

Sydney, 25 November 2015: Unpredictability in the practice of international arbitration will be brought into focus by leading international arbitrator and guest lecturer Hilary Heilbron QC [1] at tonight's annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture in Sydney.

Hilary will deliver this year's lecture on the topic, 'Dynamics, discretion and diversity - A recipe for unpredictability in international arbitration?'. Among other issues, she will explore the reasons for unpredictability in international commercial arbitration and whether it can be addressed - or is inevitable.

International arbitrator and Clayton Utz consultant Professor Doug Jones AO RFD said the topic was pertinent given the steady growth in cross-border transactions and commercial agreements, and other international business matters and relationships.

"International arbitration has proven to be increasingly prevalent due to its adaptability for disputes arising across different legal jurisdictions and cultures. However, unpredictability in international commercial arbitration continues to present a hurdle in achieving mutually satisfactory outcomes for disputing parties. It is imperative that we further our learning and thinking in this space to manage this unpredictability, and we are grateful that Hilary is able to join us on this occasion to share her expertise and insights to further the conversation," he said.

The annual Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture is designed to promote and support the development and study of international arbitration and international dispute resolution in Australia and the broader region. Previous guest speakers have included distinguished lawyer Michael Hwang SC, the Honourable James Allsop AO (Chief Justice of the Federal court of Australia), Debevoise & Plimpton's David W. Rivkin, leading middle eastern lawyer and international arbitrator Essam Al Tamimi and eminent international arbitrator Sally Harpole.

Hosted in conjunction with the University of Sydney, the lecture is now in its fourteenth year and continues to attract a broad audience of prominent legal and business leaders from around the globe, as well as law students. The lecture will be streamed live to registered attendees.

For further information, please visit http://www.claytonutz.com/ialecture.


[1] Hilary Heilbron QC is a highly regarded international arbitration and commercial litigation counsel, acting for a wide range of national and international clients in very substantial disputes. She has appeared as leading counsel in the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Privy Council. She also regularly sits as an international arbitrator and is a qualified mediator. Hilary is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and is admitted as a Legal Practitioner in New South Wales and is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association. Back to article

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