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Michael JF Sweeney

Michael JF Sweeney

About my services

Arbitration specialist in gas, energy, resources disputes; commercial and contract law; domain name disputes; competition law access disputes for pipelines and telecos; partnership disputes; sports law arbitration. Experience includes arbitration and mediation of complex multi party joint venture disputes between international corporations and domestic disputes.  

Fellow Chartered Institute if Arbitrators & Chartered Arbitrator; Panel Member, WIPO Arbitration Centre; Fellow ACICA Arbitration and Mediation panels; Fellow Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre; American Arbitration Association; Shenzen, China Arbirtation Panel; Energy Review Board, Western Australia. 

Michael is a skilled practitioner who had heard and determined many hundreds of commercial and contractual disputes. He also has deep experience in mediated outcomes both at the corporate level and at the private company and partnership levels.   

Experience and qualifications

Post Nominals

LLB; FIAMA; FCIArb (UK); Chartered Arbitrator; FACICA

Other ADR Experience

Mediation of commercial contractual disputes (including construction/building), particularly energy and resources; oil sales contract disputes; joint venture disputes; medical ethics concerning research on humans, adjudicating appropriate boundaries; sports. Executive mini trial between Japanese corporations conducted in Tokyo over sale of goods contractual dispute.

Cases Handled

Appointed as arbitrator under ICC Arbitration with seat in New York, subject to New York law (energy and resources/joint venture and international sales contract dispute); ICSID (Washington Convention) arbitration, as counsel (action against foreign government power generation investment dispute); CISG (Vienna Convention) sales contract dispute; gas transmission pipeline conciliation and arbitration access dispute and terms of carriage between multi parties; general arbitration building disputes; partnership disputes; sports law disciplinary disputes; sports competition disputes.

Publications

LexisNexis Australian Concise Legal Dictionary; Australian Encyclopaedic Legal Dictionary, 4th edition, 2011, contributing editor. The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2010) Vol 29 Pg83: Contesting appointments of arbitrators/expert determiners/mediators The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2008) Vol 27 Pg2: Mega litigation � Opportunities for domestic arbitration. Australian ADR Reporter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators No.5, December 2007: An examination of Federal Court judicial criticism in the C7 case of the costs of large scale litigation and opportunities for commercial arbitration. The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2007) Vol 26 Pg1: Paper analysing the effectiveness of third party discovery procedures in international arbitration in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other nations. Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (2006) 25 ARELJ 132: Critique of the Australian national gas pipelines access regime and the decision of the Ministerial Council on Energy for the Council of Australian Governments.

CV

LLB; FIAMA; FCIArb (UK); Chartered Arbitrator; FACICA Barrister, Member Victorian Bar, Melbourne; Arbitrator & Mediator Specialist in gas, energy, resources, commercial and contract law as arbitrator and as counsel; transmission access disputes; also sports law arbitration. Experience includes mediation of complex multi party joint venture disputes between international corporations. Director MEO Australia Ltd (ASX listed oil & gas exploration company). Panel Member, WIPO Arbitration Centre; Panel, Gas Review Board, Western Australia; Panel member, Small Business Commission, Victoria. Formerly, Chair, Law Council of Australia Resources & Energy Committee; Deputy Chair Victoria, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia. Formerly, the senior managing executive of the Mitsubishi and Mitsui joint venture interests in the Australian North West Shelf Gas & LNG Joint Venture operated by Woodside Energy Ltd. Corporate advisory services to local and international corporations. Appointed as arbitrator under ICC Arbitration with seat in New York, subject to New York law (energy and resources/joint venture and international sales contract dispute); ICSID (Washington Convention) arbitration, as counsel (action against foreign government power generation investment dispute); CISG (Vienna Convention) sales contract dispute; gas transmission pipeline conciliation and arbitration access dispute and terms of carriage between multi parties; general arbitration building disputes; partnership disputes; sports law disciplinary disputes; sports competition disputes. Mediation of commercial contractual disputes (including construction/building), particularly energy and resources; oil sales contract disputes; joint venture disputes; medical ethics concerning research on humans, adjudicating appropriate boundaries; sports. Executive mini trial between Japanese corporations conducted in Tokyo over sale of goods contractual dispute. LexisNexis Australian Concise Legal Dictionary; Australian Encyclopaedic Legal Dictionary, 4th edition, 2011, contributing editor. The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2010) Vol 29 Pg83: Contesting appointments of arbitrators/expert determiners/mediators The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2008) Vol 27 Pg2: Mega litigation � Opportunities for domestic arbitration. Australian ADR Reporter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators No.5, December 2007: An examination of Federal Court judicial criticism in the C7 case of the costs of large scale litigation and opportunities for commercial arbitration. The Arbitrator & Mediator (Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia) (2007) Vol 26 Pg1: Paper analysing the effectiveness of third party discovery procedures in international arbitration in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other nations. Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal (2006) 25 ARELJ 132: Critique of the Australian national gas pipelines access regime and the decision of the Ministerial Council on Energy for the Council of Australian Governments.

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