UNCLOS III and the LOSC Dispute Settlement Framework

Date & time
5–6.30pm Tuesday 25 October 2022


Honorary Professor Bill Campbell AO
Professor Don McRae FRSC
Judith Levine
Dr Kate Parlett
ANU College of Law

Presented by Centre of International and Public Law (CIPL), ANU College of Law, and Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)


Part of the Looking Back to the Future in the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS III and the LOSC at 40 series

Photo credit: Francisco Blaha

The fifth and final webinar in the Looking Back to the Future in the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS III and the LOSC at 40 series that commenced in February and has been conducted throughout the year featuring various perspectives on the LOSC@40 in advance of the 40th anniversary on 10 December 2022. 

Former Government advisors and legal practitioners share their reflections on Australia’s position and the various processes for law of the sea dispute settlement 


  • Honorary Professor Bill Campbell AO, PSM, QC »

    Bill Campbell AO, PSM, QC was variously General Counsel (International Law) and head of the Office of International Law in the federal Attorney-General’s Department from 1996-2018. In that capacity Bill advised successive Australian Governments on all areas of international law and its implementation in Australia. He was also responsible for the conduct of, and appeared in, cases involving Australia before international courts and Tribunals including the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

    Bill is a graduate of the University of Sydney (LLB) and University College, University of London (LLM). His principal interest is public international law, particularly matters concerning its implementation in domestic law, the law of the sea and the conduct of litigation before international courts and tribunals.

  • Professor Don McRae FRSC »

    Professor McRae is Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He was formerly Professor and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the field of International Law and has been an Advisor to the Department of External Affairs of the Government of Canada and Counsel for Canada in several international fisheries and boundary arbitrations. He was Chair of the first dispute settlement panel set up under Chapter 18 of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and has sat on subsequent panels under Chapters 18 and 19 of the Free Trade Agreement. He was also Chair of the first dispute settlement panel set up under the U.S.- Israel Free Trade Agreement. He is currently on the roster of panellists under Chapter 19 of NAFTA and on the Indicative List of Panelists of the World Trade Organization. In 1998 he was appointed the Chief Negotiator for Canada for the Pacific Salmon Treaty. His publications are principally in the field of International law and he is Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Yearbook of International Law. Professor McRae teaches contracts, international law and international trade law.

  • Judith Levine »

    Judith has sat as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and co-panellist in disputes at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  She is also a Vice President of ACICA, an inaugural member of the National Sports Tribunal, a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, and a Senior Member of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Judith has also acted as independent privilege inspector in an investor-state arbitration administered by the PCA under the UNCITRAL Rules. 

  • Dr Kate Parlett »

    Kate specialises in public international law and international arbitration.

    She acts for States and private entities on matters covering land and maritime boundaries, investment treaty and contract disputes, international trade law, human rights, law of the sea, State responsibility, treaty obligations, immunities, transboundary environmental harm, sanctions and international crimes. Kate regularly appears as an advocate before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    Kate represents States and investors in investment treaty arbitrations, under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. She has also advised clients on how to structure their investments to take advantage of protections offered by investment treaties and foreign investment laws.

    She has experience in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce rules.

    Kate also sits as arbitrator.

    She has taught public international law, international investment and commercial arbitration, and international human rights law at the universities of Cambridge, Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas), Queen Mary (University of London), Queen’s University (Canada), Queensland and at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Kate is ranked as a ‘Future Leader’ in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration and amongst those most highly regarded in EMEA. She is also ranked as a leading junior in the directories for public international law.

  • Moderator: Professor Don Rothwell »

    Professor Donald Rothwell

    Donald Rothwell is one of Australia’s leading experts in International Law with specific focus on the law of the sea; law of the polar regions, use of force and implementation of international law within Australia. He is the author of 27 books and over 200 book chapters and articles including, with Tim Stephens, the influential and respected academic text, The International Law of the Sea (2nd ed, 2016). His forthcoming work is Islands and International Law (Hart: 2022).


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