Darren graduated from the Australian National University with first class honours in Arts and Law.
As a Chevening Scholar he completed his masters (commercial law) at Jesus College, Cambridge. Followed by a stint as Pegasus Scholar at a leading Lincolns Inn intellectual property set and a Fleet Street law firm.
Qualified as chartered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Appointed panel arbitrator of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission and panellist of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre.
For over 20 years Darren has worked in Asia, starting with Coudert Brothers, the first Western law firm in China through to his own independent firm FitzGerald Lawyers, headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Sydney and Perth.
FitzGerald Lawyers is on the panel of firms published by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs for Mainland China/Hong Kong.
Together with Professor Jolyon Ford, Darren convenes and lectures the masters course in international commercial arbitration at the Australian National University.
Significant research publications
- FitzGerald, D & Polkinghorne, M, ‘Arbitration in Southeast Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand Compared’ (2001) 1 Journal of International Arbitration
- FitzGerald, D, ‘Arbitration in Hong Kong after the Handover’ (2000) 4 Int Arbitration Law Review 122
- FitzGerald, D, ‘Enforcement of Taiwan and Macau Awards in Hong Kong’ (2000) 5 Asian Legal Briefing 6
- FitzGerald, D, ‘Magill revisited: Tierce Ladbroke SA v The Commission’ (1998) 4 European Intellectual Property Review 155
- FitzGerald, D, ‘Comparative Advertising in the UK’ (1997) 12 European Intellectual Property Review 155
- FitzGerald, D, ‘The Risk Issue in Sale’ (1996) Journal of Contract Law
- Co-lecturer, 'International Commercial Arbitration' Australian National University 2019-
- Co-lecturer, ‘Competition Law’ Sydney University 1998
- Lecturer, ‘Contracts’ University of Canberra 1995
- Lecturer, ‘International Business Transactions’ Australian National University 1995-1996
- Lecturer ‘Commercial Law’ Australian National University 1995