Sir David A R Williams on the Law of Evidence in Arbitral Proceedings – Are there such rules? If so, where can they be found?
Sir David A R Williams, KNZM, QC is a graduate of the University of Auckland (LLB, 1965) and of Harvard University (LL.M., 1966). He was a litigation partner at Russell McVeagh from 1969 to 1986. In 1986 he moved to the independent bar, attaining the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 1987. He served as a judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994 before returning to legal practice as a barrister and arbitrator. Since 2010 he has served part time as the President of the Court of Appeal of the Cook Islands. He was a part time Judge of the Dubai International Financial Centre Court from 2007 to 2013. He is an honorary professor at the University of Auckland.
Sir David has developed a global international arbitration practice, serving in over 150 international arbitration cases in London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has written extensively on arbitration and the Second Edition (2017) of his text Williams and Kawharu on Arbitration has been described as one of “the great New Zealand texts” by the President of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. He drafted the Cook Islands Arbitration Act of 2013.
Sir David was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017, an award which acknowledged his significant contribution to the development of arbitration in New Zealand and internationally.
Date: 16th May 2019
Time: 7.30am - 9am
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