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Prof. Andrew Christie

Arbitrator and Mediator

Melbourne-based, nationally and internationally-focussed
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About my services

Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator specialising in intellectual property (IP) and related commercial disputes

In addition to my role as Professor of Intellectual Property at Melbourne Law School, I am an experienced arbitrator and mediator who accepts appointments for the resolution of intellectual property, information technology, media, life sciences/pharma, franchise, sport and related commercial disputes, both domestic and international.

With a Bachelor degree in science, and a Bachelor, a Master and a Doctoral degree in law, I am admitted to legal practice in Australia, England and Wales.  I have a sound knowledge of the legal systems and commercial laws of Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK and the USA, having lived and worked in those countries at various times over the decades.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and hold accreditation under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).  I have been appointed to resolve disputes under the rules of a range of institutions, including the ICC International Centre for ADR, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, and Resolution Institute, as well as by ad hoc appointment.

Experience and qualifications

ARBITRATION

Appointments and Experience

  • National Sports Tribunal, Australia – Appointed as a member by the Minister for Sport, to arbitrate disputes under the National Sports Tribunal Act 2019 (Cth) and associated Rules (since 2021)
  • International Chamber of Commerce, International Centre for ADR, Paris – Appointed to multiple three-member panels to arbitrate disputes under the ICANN new gTLD Limited Public Interest Objection Policy (since 2013)
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center, Hong Kong – Appointed to multiple single-member and three-member panels to arbitrate disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) (since 2011)
  • Resolution Institute, Sydney – Appointed to multiple single-member and three-member panels to arbitrate disputes under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) (since 2011)

  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva – Appointed to  200+ single-member and three-member panels (including as presiding panelist) to arbitrate disputes under the UDRP, the auDRP and various other gTLD and ccTLD domain name dispute resolution policies (since 1999)

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Australian Centre for International Commerical Arbitration – Fellow (since 2022)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Fellow (since 2022)
  • London Court of International Arbitration – Panel of Neutrals (since 2019)
  • Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration – Panel of Arbitrators (since 2015)

MEDIATION

Appointments and Experience

  • National Sports Tribunal, Australia – Appointed as a member by the Minister for Sport, to arbitrate disputes under the National Sports Tribunal Act 2019 (Cth) and associated Rules (since 2021)

  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Canberra – Appointed to mediate franchising disputes under the Franchising Code of Conduct (since 2017)

Qualifications and Memberships

  • NMAS-Accredited Mediator – Accredited as a mediator under the NMAS (since 2014)
  • Resolution Institute – Practitioner Member (since 2013)

LAW

Employment and Experience

  • Davies Collison Cave, Melbourne – Special Counsel (1996-2001, part-time).  Consulting on patent and trade mark law to the firm’s the information sciences group
  • Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens Linklaters), Melbourne – Senior Associate (1992-1993); Solicitor (1985-1986); Articled Clerk (1984). Practising law across all fields in the firm’s IP and IT group
  • Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown), London – Consultant (1989-91, part-time); Solicitor (1988).  Consulting to, and practising law in, the firm’s IP and IT group, focussing on copyright and licensing

Registration and Qualifications

  • Trade Marks Attorney, Australia and New Zealand – Registered as a Trade Marks Attorney with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (since 2000)
  • Lawyer, England and Wales – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1991);  not currently holding a practising certificate
  • Solicitor, Australia – Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and of the High Court of Australia (1985);  holding a current Australian practising certificate

ACADEMIC

Employment and Experience

  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School – Foundation Chair of Intellectual Property (2002-cont);  Founding Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (2002-08);  Associate Professor (1998-2002);  Senior Lecturer (1993-98)
  • National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law – Lionel A. Sheridan Visiting Professor (2020);  Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor (2012);  Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor (2011)
  • University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law – Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor (2018-19)
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge – Derek Brewer Visiting Fellow (Michaelmas Term 2018);  Senior Visitor (Lent and Easter Terms 2019);  Herchel Smith Research Fellow in the Law of Intellectual Property (1989-91)
  • Duke University, School of Law – Fulbright Senior Scholar (2001)
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law – Distinguished Visiting Professor (2000-2001)

Education and Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (1989-92)
  • Master of Laws (LLM) with distinction – Queen Mary College, University of London (1987-88)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with honours – University of Melbourne (1980-83)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) – University of Melbourne (1979-83)

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