Database of Arbitrators and Mediators

The MIAC Database features a global pool of both highly experienced and new arbitrators as well as mediators, drawn from civil and common law jurisdictions around the world.

In creating an online Database, MIAC aims to create a useful resource to users, and at the same time bring to the fore the recognized talent of arbitrators and mediators from Africa, Asia, and beyond.

The Database is freely accessible to the public for assistance in identifying appropriate arbitrators for specific cases. Appointments by the MIAC appointing authority may also draw upon, but would not be limited to, the Database. While MIAC encourages qualified individuals to join the Database, inclusion in the Database does not entail an endorsement or certification by MIAC.

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Mr. Russell Thirgood


Arbitra International

Gender: Male

Nationality: Australian

Country: United Kingdom

Email Address:


Languages: English (Native)

Experience as sole arbitrator: Yes , 17 cases

Experience as co-arbitrator: No

Experience as presiding arbitrator: Yes , 17 cases

Experience as counsel in arbitration proceedings: Yes , 50 cases

Experience as Mediator: No

Legal systems: Common Law

Bar Admission: Supreme Court of Queensland; High Court of Australia

Fields of arbitration specialization: Construction & Infrastructure, Commercial arbitration, Engineering, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment


• Remote Hearings – Silver linings and storm clouds, Paper presented to the ICP of the IBA on 14 May 2022
• “Legal Reasoning across commercial disputes – Book Review”, (2021) 31 ADRJ 178
• ‘“Appeals in Arbitration – To be or not to be”, (2021) 87(3) The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management
• ‘Foreign Investors’ Increasing Awareness of Investor-State Arbitration – view from Australia’ (2020) 39 (1) Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal
• ‘From Mediation to Arbitration’ (2020) 40(6) Proctor
• ‘The Non-Responsive Respondent: Taking an Arbitration Forward and How’ (2019) 85(1) The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, 65
• ‘Arbitrating Down Under: Highlights and lessons learned from 2018 to 2019’ (2019) 15(2) Asian International Arbitration Journal, 133
• ‘The Use and Misuse of Expert Evidence: Rules on Experts – A Critical Assessment’ (2019) 13(4) Construction Law International
• ‘Quantum merit will not save a bad bargain: Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd’ [2019] HCA 32 (2019) 188 Australian Construction Law Newsletter, 56
• ‘International Arbitration Australia: 2019 Year in Review’ McCullough Robertson Publication
• ‘The “Bones” Arbitration: An American Cautionary-Tale for Australian Practitioners’ (2019) 1 The ACICA Review 37
• ‘Apply to Set Aside, or Appeal Against an Award?’ (2018) 38(8) Proctor 14
• ‘Director’s fury over road block to litigation: Mad Max arbitration to be heard in Hollywood’ (2018) 1 The ACICA Review 25
• ‘“Fast Track” Arbitration Rules – Room for Development’ (2018) 182 Australian Construction Law Newsletter,15
• ‘International Arbitration Australia: 2018 Year in Review’ McCullough Robertson Publication
• ‘International Commercial Arbitration 101’ (2017) 37(11) Proctor 16
• ‘Australian Courts’ Approach to Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration’ (2016) 2 The ACICA Review 29
• ‘ADR Forms and Precedents’ (Lexis Nexis) (2009 to present)
• ‘International Arbitration: The Justice Business’ (2004) 21(4) Journal of International Arbitration 341
• ‘A Critique of Foreign Arbitration in Japan’ (2001) 18(2) Journal of International Arbitration 177
• ‘Judicial Independence: Attorney-General (Cth) v Tse Chu-Fai’ (2000) 74(10) Australian Law Journal 707
• ‘A Critique of Foreign Arbitration in China’ (2000) 17(3) Journal of International Arbitration 89
• ‘Dispute Resolution Chinese Style – The Influences’ (1999) 10(4) Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 266
• ‘Mediator Intervention to Ensure Fair and Just Outcomes’ (1999) 10(2) Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal 142

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