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International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) – Arbitrator and Conciliator Panels – Member designation

Information about ICSID

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is one of the five organisations of the World Bank Group.

Australia is a party to the ICSID Convention which establishes ICSID as an intergovernmental forum for settling investment disputes between States and private foreign investors (including investor-State disputes). ICSID provides facilities for conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes.

Role of an ICSID Panel Member

Designated Panel Members are available for selection by disputing parties to act as arbitrators or conciliators. Designated Panel Members serve for a renewable term of six years and may be simultaneously designated on both Panels. Australia currently has four designated arbitrators and four designated conciliators whose terms expired on 2 February 2023 but continue as Panel Members pending Australia’s re-designation of Panel Members.


The qualifications required of Panel Members are contained in Article 14 of the ICSID Convention. Persons nominated must be of high moral character and have recognized competence, particularly in law, but also in commerce, industry or finance.

In addition to the criteria in the ICSID Convention, the following attributes are highly desirable for Panel Members:

  • knowledge of and experience with international investment law;
  • knowledge of and experience with public international law;
  • experience and expertise in international arbitration or conciliation;
  • ability to conduct an arbitration or conciliation and write an arbitral award or report in one or more of ICSID’s official languages (English, French and Spanish);
  • availability to accept appointments in cases as of the date of designation;
  • availability and willingness to travel for case proceedings.

Terms and conditions of appointment

The designated arbitrators and conciliators serve for a renewable term of six years, and may serve on both Panels simultaneously. The arbitrators and conciliators listed on the Panels are available for selection to ICSID Tribunals, Conciliation Commission and ad hoc Committees.

How to apply

Please submit an expression of interest addressing the eligibility criteria, and attaching a curriculum vitae to by 5.00pm (AEST) on Monday, 14 August 2023.


Enquiries about the position or application can be emailed to