Monthly Archives: December 2015

Philip Morris loses its case against Australia over plain packaging of tobacco

Last Friday, 18 December 2015, the arbitral tribunal appointed to determine the dispute between Philip Morris Asia Limited v Commonwealth of Australia issued its award declining jurisdiction.  While we do not have access as yet to the formal award, this is a blow for Philip Morris as it probably spells the end of its fight against plain packaging.


John Walton Appointed President of AMINZ

I am pleased to announce that with effect from Wednesday, 2 December 2015, I have been appointed as the President of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.

I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the support of my colleagues on Council and the membership more generally.  I am somewhat overwhelmed by the messages of support which have come in since the announcement was made this morning – please excuse me if it takes me a while to acknowledge you all.  My congratulations also to Royden Hindle, who has taken over the role of Vice President.

We have a significant number of opportunities coming up over the next few months, with the AMINZ-IAM joint conference in Queenstown on 3-5 March 2016, and the joint ACICA-AMINZ hosting of the ICCA Congress in Sydney in March 2018, followed by a one-day event in Queenstown.  There will also be challenges, I am sure, and I will work with the Council and the membership to meet those challenges as they arise.

It would be remiss of me not to also acknowledge my predecessor, David Patten.  AMINZ has achieved a lot under David’s presidency.  I have enjoyed working with David very much over the last 18 months, and I wish him well.