UNCCA Executive

Chair: Justice Neil McKerracher

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.

Deputy Chair: Dr Dalma Demeter LLM, SGJD GCTE

Dr Dalma R Demeter is an academic and arbitrator with expertise in international dispute resolution and commercial law, who is a founding member and fellow of UNCCA since its 2013 creation. She has a regular presence at UNCITRAL events, having been invited to present at the Macau UNCITRAL Asia-Pacific Fall Conference in 2014 and UNCITRAL Emergence Conference in 2015, and at the UNCITRAL Rule of Law Panel in New York in 2016. She also attended the 49th Commission sessions in July 2016 and the Working Group II sessions in September 2016, as part of her visiting scholar status at the UNCITRAL.

As a full-time academic at the University of Canberra, Dalma is promoting the UNLAW program initiated by UNCCA and is assisting students attending various UNCITRAL sessions. As a researcher, Dalma is developing a large-scale research project on dispute resolution that is of interest to the UNCITRAL and has been invited to be presented at the UNCITRAL’s anniversary congress in 2017. As a founding partner of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre (www.adrcentre.com.au), Dalma is also involved in promoting UNCITRAL work and texts through the dispute resolution services and trainings ADRC provides in the Asia-Pacific region.

Secretary: Ashna Taneja

Ashna is a lawyer based in Sydney, Australia, working at international law firm Bird & Bird in their corporate and commercial team. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, Ashna worked at UNCITRAL’s Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP) in South Korea, as well as the Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome. In those roles, Ashna undertook legal and economic analysis on topics including Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), insolvency, security interests, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), and harmonisation of corporations law for social enterprises. Alongside her practice, Ashna teaches commercial law subjects to undergraduate students at the University of Technology Sydney. Ashna holds a BEc(Hons)/LLB(Hons) from the University of New South Wales, and is currently completing her LLM in Global Competition and Consumer Law with the University of Melbourne.

Treasurer: Michael Green SC

Michael Green SC was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1991, came to the Bar in 1998 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court, State Supreme Courts, the Land and Environment Court, and various tribunals. He has participated in many mediations and arbitrations and practises throughout Australia.

Michael practises principally in the areas of Intellectual Property (particularly Copyright, Trade Marks, and Patents), Consumer Protection, Privacy and Information Technology, Confidential Information, Competition Law, Corporations Law, Regulation and Planning, Corporate Insolvency, and general Commercial Litigation. He has appeared in numerous notable cases.