News I Glenn McGowan QC elected President of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration
3 April 2017
Congratulations to Glenn McGowan QC, partner in our Disputes Team in Melbourne, for being elected President of the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration (AICA).
“I am privileged to have been elected as AICA President”, says Glenn McGowan QC. “As a member-based organisation committed to further education and promoting commercial arbitration as an area of specialisation, the AICA plays a crucial role in encouraging arbitration as a means of dispute resolution rather than by a court process or other alternative dispute resolution processes. Arbitration is often a more timely, less formal method of resolving disputes, and can be cost-effective for the parties involved. It is for these reasons that commercial arbitration provides an excellent alternative to other methods of litigation”.
About the Australian Institute for Commercial Arbitration (AICA)
Founded in Melbourne in collaboration with Victoria University Melbourne, the AICA is a not-for-profit association which conducts the only Australian University recognised and awarded Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration. Individuals who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Commercial Arbitration may become a Certified Arbitrator. The objects of the AICA are to:
Provide a forum for meetings of people who practise in or have an interest in commercial arbitration and mediation and to foster closer working and social relationships between them.
Bring to the attention of members, through the medium of regular meetings, matters of concern or interest or both relating to commercial arbitration and mediation and to conduct discussions and formulate position statements or recommendations or both for submission to such person or body as the Committee may deem proper.
Establish communications and actively liaise with courts, tribunals, authorities, government departments and instrumentalities and other associations and bodies concerned with or interested in commercial arbitration and mediation.
Seek representation on and liaison with committees of government concerned with matters of concern to members.
Liaise with the government, courts and other bodies in relation to matters of concern to members of the Association and to ensure that, as far as practicable, consultation between those bodies and the Committee takes place before those bodies formulate policies or makes decisions on commercial arbitration and mediation matters.
Encourage participation by members in continuing arbitration and mediation education programmes, conferences and other outlets whereby arbitrators and mediators and other interested professional groups and the public may increase their knowledge and understanding of commercial arbitration and mediation.
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