Judith Levine is an independent arbitrator with extensive dispute resolution experience in public international law, foreign investment, and commercial contract cases. She brings valuable insight from her work in both private practice and at public institutions.
Judith has sat as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and co-panellist in disputes under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, UN Commission of International Trade Law, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She is also a Vice President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, an inaugural member of the National Sports Tribunal, and a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal.
Now based in Sydney, Judith worked for over a decade at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where, as Senior Legal Counsel, she administered some of the world’s most complex disputes, including the South China Sea, Abyei, Yukos and Bangladesh Accord arbitrations. Prior to joining the PCA in 2008, Judith practised arbitration at White & Case LLP in New York, representing both sovereign States and private parties. Earlier in her career, Judith served with the International Court of Justice, the Australian Attorney-General, and the High Court of Australia.
Judith has worked on arbitrations in a variety of contexts and industries. These include oil and gas, renewable energy, transport and aviation, maritime and fisheries, telecommunications and satellites, mining, agriculture, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, banking, insurance, construction, labour and worker safety, sports, and the international sale of goods.
Judith has shared her expertise through presentations and publications on diverse issues in dispute resolution, including arbitral procedure, investment arbitration, public international law, contracts, ethics, climate law, and business and human rights. She has conducted several hearings, procedural meetings, deliberations, conferences, and seminars on on-line platforms.
A national of Australia and Ireland, Judith obtained her Master of Laws from New York University (on a Hauser Global Scholarship and Fulbright Award) and a combined Bachelor of Arts (with French Major) and Bachelor of Laws (with University Medal) from the University of New South Wales in Australia. At the 2020 Australian ADR Awards, Judith won "Arbitrator of the Year". Who’s Who Legal identifies Judith as a leader in International Arbitration, and has noted her reputation for being “very smart, extremely well organised” and having “excellent judgement”.