Judith Levine is an independent arbitrator with over 20 years of dispute resolution experience in public international law, investment treaty, commercial contract and sports 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 at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She is also a Vice President of ACICA, an inaugural member of the National Sports Tribunal, a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, and a Senior Member of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Judith has also acted as independent privilege inspector in an investor-state arbitration administered by the PCA under the UNCITRAL Rules.
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 and over 30 investor-state disputes. Prior to joining the PCA in 2008, Judith practised in the arbitration group of White & Case LLP in New York, representing both sovereign States and private parties in ICSID and commercial arbitrations. Earlier in her career, Judith served as a judicial fellow at the International Court of Justice, assistant adviser to the Australian Attorney-General, a judge's associate at the High Court of Australia, and lecturer in contract law.
Judith has worked on arbitrations in a variety of contexts and industries. These include agriculture, banking, cosmetics, construction, fashion, forestry, insurance, IT, joint ventures, labour, manufacture, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, sale of goods, sports, and telecommunications.
Judith has shared her expertise through presentations and publications on diverse issues in dispute resolution, including arbitral procedure, investor-state arbitration, public international law, contracts, ethics, climate law, and business and human rights. Judith is actively engaged as a committee member and mentor in various professional associations such as the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and the International Law Association.
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 and 2021 Australian ADR Awards, Judith won "Arbitrator of the Year". Who’s Who Legal identifies Judith as a global Thought Leader in International Arbitration, and recognises her reputation as a "clear standout name in the new generation of arbitrators" due to her "wealth of international experience" and reputation for being “very smart, extremely well organised,” handling all matters "deftly, including the most delicate matters", and having “excellent judgement”.