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The Second SIFoCC Keynote Address

QU Auditorium Student Affairs

On behalf of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), we are delighted to extend an invitation to you to attend the second keynote lecture of the 5th Full Meeting of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC).

The lecture, titled "The Spirit of the Judicial Task and the Importance of International Judicial Dialogue" will be delivered by Hon. James Allsop AC, Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. This lecture will provide valuable insights and will be followed by a networking session where you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with fellow attendees.

The Address follows the First SIFoCC Keynote Address given by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon of Singapore in Sydney in October 2022, dealing with the importance of a transnational system of commercial justice. The immediate past Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, Hon. James Allsop AC, will explore the importance of international judicial dialogue. Chief Justice Menon and former Chief Justice Allsop are each members of the Steering Group of SIFoCC. Both Keynote Addresses include treatment of the part that SIFoCC and its judicial membership is playing and can play.

Live translation in Arabic will be available.

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Hon. James Allsop AC

Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001 The Hon Allsop AC practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen's Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, The Hon Allsop AC was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013 until 6 April 2023

From 1981 to 2014 The Hon Allsop AC taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency , corporate finance and maritime law. From 2015 to 2018 he taught maritime law part-time at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He is President of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. From 2018 he was appointed Inaugural Patron of the Australian Insurance Law Association. From 2019, his Honour is Chair of the ACICA Judicial Liaison Committee, a member on Asian Business Law Institute (ABU) Board of Governors representing the Australian Judiciary and a member of the Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association. In 2022 he was appointed as a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International

The Hon James Allsop (AC) was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2023 for eminent service to the judiciary and to the law, to organisational and technological reform, to legal education, and to insolvency law. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2013. He was appointed as an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in 2024. He also serves as a member of the SIFOCC Steering Group.




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