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Prof. Dr Andrew Christie

Arbitrator and Mediator

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

Arbitrator and mediator specialising in IP, IT, franchising 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, franchising and related commercial disputes.

With degrees in science and in law, and admission to legal practice in Australia, England and Wales, I have substantial knowledge and experience across all areas of IP and IT - including copyright, designs, domain names, integrated circuit layouts, patents, plant breeder's rights, software, trademarks and trade secrets.

Engaged in dispute resolution for more two decades, I have received appointments from a range of institutions worldwide, including the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the ICC International Centre for ADR, and Resolution Institute.

Experience and qualifications


Training and Qualifications

  • WIPO Workshop for Arbitrators – 15-hour training program conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva (2000)

Appointments and Experience

  • 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)


Training and Qualifications

  • Accredited Mediator – Accredited as a mediator under the National Mediation Accreditation Standards of the Mediator Standards Board, Australia (since 2014)

  • LEADR Mediation Workshop – 38-hour training program conducted by LEADR-Association of Dispute Resolvers (now Resolution Institute), Melbourne, Australia (2014)

Appointments and Experience

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


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

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


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)

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)

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