Dr Gavan Griffith QC has practiced as an international commercial and investments disputes arbitrator since leaving office as Solicitor-General of Australia in 1997. Prior to his appointment in that office he practiced as counsel in Australia and London and elsewhere. He has chaired many Tribunals administered by institutional Rules, including by the ICC, LCIA, KLRCA, HKIAC add by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and also ad hoc commercial arbitrations with seats in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, PNG and Malaysia and the Pacific region as well as in England and Europe. He also has sat frequently as a sole arbitrator. He also holds many appointments as Chairman of Tribunals and Annulment Committees administered by ICSID at the World Bank.
The subject matter of disputes has included infrastructure and energy, including water, electricity, oil and gas, coal, roadways, power stations and commercial buildings (on and offshore), intellectual property, acquisitions, mining, licencing, domain names, pollution, acquisitions, guarantees and indemnities, marine and insurance, shipping and cargo claims, and other contractual claims.
Dr Griffith has experience as counsel in regional issues and has given expert evidence on the subject to the ASEAN treaty, and also has appeared as counsel in the Court if Appeal and the High Court of Malaysia and other regional and Pacific Appeal Courts.
He was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn by Lord Denning and after completing his D.Phil at Magdalen College Oxford, has kept chambers in Melbourne and at Essex Court Chambers, London. He has led many international delegations, including to the United Nation 6th Committee and to UNCITRAL upon the adoption of the Model Law. He led Australia’s delegation to the Hague Conference, and he was Chairman of the Intelsat Panel of Legal Experts. He was a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration for 14 years and been agent and counsel at the International Court of Justice and also frequently a member of treaty based Tribunals. He has been a Member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators for 20 years.
He is a Chartered Arbitrator.