UNCCA Expert Advisory Committee Chairs

Working Group I (MSME) Chair: Anne Matthew

Anne Matthew is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Queensland University of Technology. Her research there focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and regulation. Anne’s current research projects include an examination of regulatory approaches to artificial intelligence, and the regulation of micro, small and medium enterprise, particularly those engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Anne is currently undertaking a PhD in the regulation of corporate governance in innovative and entrepreneurial enterprise. Anne’s PhD thesis engages with economic theory to explore how legal and regulatory frameworks accommodate and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, access to finance and good corporate governance. Anne is keen to support the ongoing success of startup culture development and innovation initiatives on campus and participates as an academic mentor in Disrupting Law, an annual 54 hour hackathon in which lawyers and students collaborate to generate new ideas seeking to advance legal practice via technology and innovation.

Anne lectures in Corporate Law, International Commercial Law, including international sales law, and international commercial arbitration, and a new unit on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Law. Anne has received a Law Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, has a keen interest in advocacy and dispute resolution and plays an active role in the Law School’s mooting program, as academic advisor to QUT Law’s team in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held each year in Vienna. Following her admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993, Anne practised in commercial property, banking, finance and small business advisory.

Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) Chair for Arbitration: The Honorable Justice Clyde Croft AM

Justice Croft is the judge in charge of the Arbitration List, the Taxation List, and a General Commercial List in the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Justice Croft has chaired the Expert Advisory Committee of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) National Co-ordination Committee of Australia (UNNCA) to support UNCITRAL Working Group II (Disputes) since May 2018.

Justice Croft represented the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) at sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II on International Arbitration from 2005 to 2010, revising the UNCITRAL Model Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He is co-author of A Guide to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Justice Croft is a Life Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA), a Judicial Fellow of Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Prior to his appointment in 2009, Justice Croft practised extensively in property and commercial law and was an arbitrator and mediator in property, construction and general commercial disputes, domestically and internationally. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000 and holds the degrees of B Ec, LLB and LLM from Monash University, Melbourne, and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Justice Croft was made a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2019 for significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, particularly through commercial arbitration.

Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) Chair for Mediation: Delcy Lagones de Anglim

Delcy Lagones de Anglim is one of the leading international ADR practitioners in Australia. Delcy graduated with Honours as a lawyer in her native Peru in 1988, specialising in international contracts and International arbitration.

Delcy worked as an International Trade lawyer before joining the United Nations in 1992. She currently works as a Dispute Resolution expert with the IFC/World Bank. Delcy is the author of two books on Mediation and Conciliation and writes regularly on these topics, including a chapter on the enforceability of Mediation agreements in “Global Trade Through the Harmonization of Laws”, published by UNCITRAL in November 2015. Delcy has been part of UNCCA since its inception in 2013. She is a foundaton Director and Fellow of UNCCA with particular interest and expertise in mediation and conciliation. Delcy is invited to speak regularly about ADR at international conferences and at the UNCITRAL conferences in Macau. Delcy has been instrumental in facilitating the adoption of UNCITRAL Model laws in the Asia Pacific region. She is the founder and Managing Director of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre. She speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and basic Quechua, Portuguese and Khmer.

Working Group III (ISDS Reform) Chair: Danielle Forrester

Danielle Forrester practices in public and commercial law at the NSW Bar.  Danielle has appeared in several proceedings in the High Court, including in constitutional matters.  Danielle has been led in the NSW Court of Appeal and the Australian

Competition Tribunal, and has also appeared unled in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, Family Court, NSW Supreme Court, NCAT and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  Danielle advises in relation to a range of public law matters, including, relevantly, questions of international trade law and matters relating to ISDS.

Before coming to the Bar in 2014, Danielle served as Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth for two years (Justin Gleeson SC and earlier Stephen Gageler SC, as His Honour then was).  During this time, Danielle was briefed as junior counsel in various matters and also assisted the Solicitor-General in the preparation of matters in the High Court and international courts, including matters such as JT International SA v Commonwealth of Australia (Plain Packaging case).  Danielle also co-authored opinions with the Solicitor-General and assisted in the research and drafting of advice to government at the highest levels.  Danielle was a member of Australia’s delegation to the International Court of Justice in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case (Australia v Japan; New Zealand Intervening) and has attended an annual session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (now referred to as the United Nations Human Rights Council).

Danielle was also a litigator for more than eight years with the Australian Government Solicitor, including as a Senior Lawyer in the Constitutional Litigation Unit and in Dispute Resolution.

Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) Chair: Dr Alan Davidson

Dr Alan Davidson is a Director and Fellow of UNCCA and is its Education Director arranging for Australian Law students to attend UNCITRAL Working Groups (50+ to date). In 2011 Dr Davidson was invited to speak at the UNCITRAL Colloquium on Electronic Commerce at UN Headquarters.  Since 2014 Dr Davidson has attended all sessions of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), and in 2015 was invited to join its Panel of Experts to assist with future directions.

Dr Davidson is a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He practiced law for more than a decade before moving into academia full time. He was engaged as an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Queensland University of Technology including acting Head of School, and Associate Dean at James Cook University before commencing at the University of Queensland in 1997.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice and regularly speaks at the conferences for the Institute in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Dr Davidson presents courses in International Trade Law, International Trade Finance Law and Law and Technology. He has been a visiting academic in the USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and China.  In 2016 he formed the UNCITRAL Society which comprises students who have attended UNCITRAL Working Groups from UQ, meeting six times per year.  His books include Social Media and Electronic Commerce Law in 2 editions by Cambridge University Press; The Internet for Lawyers and The Internet for Accountants.

Working Group V (Insolvency) Chair: Michael Murray

Michael Murray is a fellow of UNCCA and chairs the expert advisory committee of UNCCA on Working Group V – Insolvency.  The committee comprises eminent academics, senior counsel and lawyers experienced in cross-border insolvency. It monitors and reports on the many cross-border developments before UNCITRAL, including supporting representatives to attend UNCITRAL WGV sessions. Michael attended the Vienna session of WGV in December 2016.

Michael is an insolvency law author, academic and commentator.  He contributes to insolvency law thinking and reform through his website murrayslegal.com.au and traverses many associated issues – professional ethics and regulation, business conduct, personal debt and bankruptcy and international and cross-border insolvency. He is the co-author of the standard text, Keays’ Insolvency, now in its 10th edition, and edits and writes for the Insolvency Law Journal and other insolvency and related publications. He is closely involved with law reform and has attended before several governmewnt committees of inquiry.

He is a visiting fellow at QUT Law school, Brisbane and a member of INSOL Academics. He has attended and presented at conferneces throughout Australia, as well as the UK and Europe, and the US and Canada.

He previously worked as a solicitor in government and regulatory law and as the legal director of the Australian insolvency practitioners association.

Michael is a fellow and director of the Australian Academy of Law, and is qualified in law and criminology from the University of Sydney. His contact details are michael@murrayslegal.com.au and +61 402 248 353.

Working Group VI (Judicial Sale of Ships) Chair: The Honorable Justice Neil McKerracher

In addition to chairing Working Group VI’s Expert Advisory Committee, the Hon Justice McKerracher has been Chair of UNCCA since 2018. He assumes the position from Former Chair, Tim Castle.

Justice McKerracher was appointed to the Federal Court on 15 October 2007. His Honour generally practised in commercial and civil disputes until his appointment to the Bench. He took silk in 1997. He was actively involved in several professional bodies and served for 15 years as a Director, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of WA Bar Chambers Ltd. He also served as an acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission (the CCC), a Senior Sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal and as a Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He has chaired a number of educational and sporting institutions.