A key figure in a recent British inquiry into the Iraq War will be speaking at an ADR conference in Sydney this week
Lord Peter Goldsmith was the Attorney-General of the United Kingdom between 2001 and 2007; a period that included the American-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq of which the United Kingdom was a part.
Since leaving office on the same day that Tony Blair resigned in 2007, Goldsmith has caused controversy by giving evidence before the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq invasion, and by describing himself as being "uncomfortable" about some of Tony Blair's public statements about his government's reasons for committing British forces to the invasion.
Goldsmith is now the head of the European litigation practice of the American-based global firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He will be one of several speakers at The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Asia-Pacific Conference 2011, which Sydney is hosting.
Doug Jones, a Clayton Utz partner and head of CIArb, was able to use his international connections to ensure Sydney hosted the event.
Other speakers will include Attorney-General Robert McClelland, former High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson, soon-to-be departing NSW Chief Justice James Spigelman, BHP Billiton general counsel Damian Lovell, Peter Rees QC, the legal director of Royal Dutch Shell and Chiann Bao, secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
The conference starts this Friday (26 May) and continues on Saturday.