Judith Levine is Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, an intergovernmental organization established by treaty in 1899 which provides services for the resolution of disputes involving various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations and private parties. The PCA's current caseload encompasses 100 diverse disputes involving territorial, maritime, treaty and environmental disputes between states as well as commercial and investment cases under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Judith has served as the Registrar in the South China Sea arbitration between Philippines and China (pending), the Atlanto-Scandian herring arbitration between Denmark and the European Union, and the Abyei arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army. She has provided assistance to tribunals in some of the world's largest investor-state and commercial cases including multi-billion dollar arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty between three former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company and the Russian Federation. Judith also assists the PCA Secretary-General in the appointment of arbitrators, and frequently writes and presents on issues of public international law and dispute resolution. From 2011 to 2012, Judith served as the PCA Representative and Legal Officer in Mauritius, assisting with implementation of the Mauritius International Arbitration Act and educational and outreach activities to promote PCA services and Mauritius as a venue for international disputes resolution in the African region.
Prior to joining the PCA in 2008, Judith practised in New York for five years as an attorney in the arbitration group of White & Case where she represented private and sovereign clients in disputes relating to gas, electricity, aerospace, telecommunications, banking, construction and pharmaceuticals under the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, and AAA Rules. Judith also advised on drafting arbitration clauses for contracts and public international law issues relating to boundary delimitations and oil concessions. She had an active pro bono practice before U.S. courts.
In 2002-2003 Judith served as law clerk to three judges at the International Court of Justice. Her prior experience in Australia includes work as an adviser to Australia's Attorney-General, associate for Justice McHugh at the High Court of Australia, and lecturer in contract law at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Judith was a member of Australia's delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group on International Arbitration from 2006 to 2008. Since 2007 she has been a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
Judith has a BA (French Major)/LL.B (with University Medal) from UNSW, in Sydney, Australia, and an LL.M from New York University School of Law where she studied on a Hauser Global Scholarship and Fulbright Award. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New South Wales (Australia).
Selection of freely available presentations and papers:
- Judith Levine, "Allocation of Costs: An Overview of the PCA's Experience", contribution to Report of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR's Task Force on Decisions on Costs in International Arbitration (1 December 2015), pp. 32-41 (Co-author with N. Peart and M. Binder) http://www.iccwbo.org/Data/Policies/2015/Decisions-on-Costs-in-International-Arbitration/
- Judith Levine, "Innovations in Arbitration: Adapting for the next 100 years" Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Centenary Conference, London, July 2015 (online) https://www.ciarb.org/docs/default-source/centenarydocs/london/judith-levine.pdf?sfvrsn=2
- Judith Levine, "The Activities of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Environmental Disputes in the Context of Energy Projects" at 2014 Copenhagen Conference on Arbitration of Energy Disputes (online) http://voldgiftsinstituttet.dk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/levine_-_pca_environment__26_energy_activities.pdf
- Judith Levine, "International Commercial Arbitration Committee - Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration and 'Inherent Powers' of Arbitrators" in ILA Reporter, 27 May 2015 (online) http://ilareporter.org.au/2015/05/ila-committee-update-international-commercial-arbitration-committee-judith-levine/
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Career Tips for Women in International Arbitration (186 kb, 4 pages)
This handout was compiled from comments of successful women at various levels of seniority and phases of life, working in different continents and legal systems across a diverse spectrum of careers in international dispute resolution, including private practice, arbitral institutions, courts, academia and legal publishing. (January 2017)