Khory McCormick

20+ years experience. I have conducted over 150 meditations both nationally (Australia) and regionally across diverse commercial and social subject matters.

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Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand
English
Mediation Profile

Khory McCormick, is a high profile market recognised expert. He formally head Minter Ellison's International Dispute (National) and Commercial Advisory and Dispute Resolution (Brisbane) groups. He is now a freelance consultant and independent neutral. Khory provides strategic and innovative advice to the highest level decision makers including Boards, CEO's, directors and political figures and a wide variety of entities in both the private and public sector. He regularly acts in complex litigation or arbitration and as mediator or party representative across a diverse range of dispute subject matters, resource commodities and long term contracts, infrastructure projects and diverse contractual settings, as set out below. 

Khory's conflict resolution expertise is recognised through his roles within key dispute resolution and arbitration bodies. He is an accredited mediator and is recognised by independent legal publications such as the International Chambers Global Directory (disputes/litigation), the Financial Review Peer Review as one of Australia's leading Government lawyers, Best Lawyers International for over 10 consecutive years in the area of Australian Government/Local Authorities and listed as one of approximately 180 Global Who's Who of International Commercial Mediation. With his 'go-to reputation', Khory occupies a unique space in both the private and public sector issues management and conflict resolution space.

After training in mediation with the Harvard teaching faculty, CDR and LEADR, Khory has 30 plus years experience as a professional mediator and parties advocate and multiple matter experience in both domestic and cross border contexts. He has had exposure to a broad range of subject matter from major resources project disputes to misconduct with established religious orders. Khory has represented Australia in UNCITRAL Working Group II: Dispute Resolution which has generated the Singapore Convention on Enforcement of International Settlements Resulting from mediation and the complementary model law.  

Khory's mediations have included subject matters such as contract claims, property disputes, trust and fiduciary issues, mining/resource and environment issues and public policy and cross border issues. One involved an appointment by a sovereign state to mediate a multi stakeholder public and private interest dispute in a developing country. The Final Statement can be found at: http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/ncp-pcn/statement-declaration.aspx . 

Flexible and innovative. Preferred context facilitator unless parties specify otherwise. Conducts process in English (but can work with interpreter). Firm but measured. Non confrontational and open minded. Relaxed within the bespoke dynamic that develops within any specific mediation. Able to work in a collaborative framework.

• Commercial cross border transactions. • Complex transaction/relationship conflicts across all areas other than crime, matrimonial, maritime, taxation and aviation. • Issue Management, Conflict Resolution and Litigation (Domestic/International) and Government. Formally he has successively led or founded the following for Minter Ellison: • specialist litigation (including international disputes, conflict resolution, resources and energy, etc) practice groups • insolvency • media law • industrial relations • construction • government. Khory currently works as a freelance consultant and independent neutral.

His main current activities include: • Deputy Chair, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) • Vice President, Australian Centre for International Arbitration (ACICA) • Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) • Legal Consultant, Bartley Cohen Litigation Lawyers • Member, Australian Delegation UNCITRAL Working Group II: Dispute Resolution 

•Professor (Strategic Law) Griffith University 
• Doctor of the University, Griffith University (D Univ)
• Arbitrator (Grade 1) • National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) Court Accredited Mediator
• Queensland Law Society (Approved Arbitrator)
• Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
• Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
• Vice President, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
• Director, International Chamber of Commerce Australia (ICC Australia)
• Chair, Queensland Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Sub Committee
• Doctor of the University, Griffith University (D Univ)
• Adjunct Professor Griffith University
• Inaugural co-chair and executive member of the Information Exchange Sub Committee of the International Committee for Dispute Resolution Division of the American Bar Association.                    • Member, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) Panel
• Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
• National Risk Management Partner, Minter Ellison 2004 - 2006
• Former Advisory Board Member of AON, prominent insurance industry player
• Former Chair, Queensland Chapter, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA)
• Former Chairman, Green Cross Australia 2009 – 2010
• Former Chairman, Energex Limited June 2004 – 2006, Director, Energex Limited 1997 - 2004
• Former Director, Allgas Limited 1998 - 2004
• Former Director, Energex Retail Pty Ltd 1999 – 2006.

References are available on request. They will be provided having regard to the nature of the retainer.

Training and Education

Doctor of the University, Griffith University (D Univ)
Bachelor of Arts (Queensland, 1977). 
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Queensland 1978). 
Master of Laws (Queensland, 1984). 
Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. 
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 
Harvard, CDR and LEADR trained mediator. 
Doctor of University (Degree) (Griffith).

Professor (Strategic Law) Griffith University 
Teaching Institute of Mediators and Arbitrators (Australia) - Probabity Course (values framework).
Diploma in Advanced International Dispute Resolution (Griffith University 2014). 
Occasional lecturer various organisations/institutions.
Accredited to Chartered Institute of Arbitrators teaching faculty.

  • Speaker, The Problem of Enforcement of Mediated Agreements: Does the Singapore Convention on Mediation and its Model Law provide the solutions?, Session 17 – Second South Pacific International Arbitration Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 28 March 2019.
  • Moderator, Contracting with Foreign Parties & Cross-Boarded Dispute Resolution, Session 10 – Second South Pacific International Arbitration Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 26 March 2019.
  • Presentation, Trade & Investment Law Outreach Event, Session 2 – Updates in Investment Law and Australia’s FTA, UNICTRAL Singapore Convention on Mediation, Canberra, 4 December 2018.
  • Presentation, The Big Picture: Impact of the Convention on International Dispute Resolution, The Singapore Convention on Mediation: Exploring the Impact of the New Enforcement Regime, Singapore, 27 November 2018.
  • Presentation, Singapore Arbitrators – How Can They remain relevant In A Changing regional Services Market, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIARB), The Central (Clarke Quay), Singapore, 22 November 2018
  • Presentation, Innovating the Future of Dispute Resolution: Recent Developments in Mediation in the Asia Pacific Region, the 7th Asia Pacific Conference, Sono Felice Convention Seoul, South Korea, 5 November 2018.
  • Presentation, 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention 1958-2018, UN Day Lecture, Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane, 24 October 2018.
  • Presentation, Financing Infrastructure Development as an Enabler of Growth, Building the Territory NT Resource Week, Darwin, 5 – 6 September 2018.
  • Presentation, Making ADR Attractive to Users – An International Perspective, NSW Bar Association ADR Masterclass, Sydney, 11 August 2018
  • Presentation, ACICA Symposium, Underwriting Cross-Border Contracts – the significance of the New York Convention 60 years on, Sydney, 29 July 2018
  • Presentation, Closing remarks: the Singapore Convention on Mediation. A case study in success, Emergence Conference Singapore, 25 July 2018.
  • Presentation, UNCITRAL Conventions in the field of dispute settlements, Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention, United Nations Headquarters; New York, New York, 28 June 2018.
  • Presentation, What is Missing in Cross-border Settlement Enforcement – is it New York Convention Style Instrument? The Hong Kong Mediation Council, Hong Kong, 18 May 2018.
  • Presentation, Mediation conference: Mediation of International Commercial Disputes and Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong, 15 May 2018
  • Speaker, Third Party Funding: A Regional Perspective – Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Federal Court, Brisbane, 2 November 2017
  • Commentary on a Paper on the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL, Federal Court, Brisbane, 23 October 2017
  • Commentator, Investigating Trade and Development – Dispute Resolution in China, BAC Summit, Hong Kong, 14 October 2017
  • Participant, Australian American Leadership Dialogue, Gold Coast, August 2017
  • Panel speaker, International Arbitration in the ASEAN Century: Hot topics, ACICA and Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) conference, Bangkok, July 2017
  • Co-Presentation, Mediation Internationally ADR Professional Development Workshop, La Trobe University, Melbourne, June 2017
  • Presentation, International Arbitration – An Overview: An Australian Perspective, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Beijing Arbitration Commission Seminar Sydney, Beijing China, 30 August 2016
  • Lecture, Cross Cultural Mediations – Reflections, Australian Centre for International Disputes Training Course, Brisbane, 15 April 2016
  • Presentation, Solutions, Systems and Seats – a selective survey of market issues and trends in determinative dispute resolution; an Australasian perspective, Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand 2016 Conference, Queenstown New Zealand, 4 March 2016
  • Presentation, Who's been sitting in my seat? A case place for Australia in international commercial arbitration, 3rd International Arbitration Conference, Sydney, 24 November 2015
  • Commentator on the paper Arbitration for the Resolution of Construction Disputes: Is it Still Fit for Purpose? presented by Mr Charles Brown, Global President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Queensland Chapter Seminar, Brisbane, 20 November 2015
  • Panel speaker, Roundtable – Adopting world best practice arbitration in Australia, Managing Construction Disputes in the Mining and Petroleum Industries Conference, Brisbane, 10 November 2015
  • Panel commentator, The Developing World of Arbitration: A Comparative Study of Arbitration Reform in the Asia Pacific, University of Hong Kong Conference, Hong Kong, 27 October 2015
  • Panel speaker, Engaging Legal Process Outsourcing Providers (LPOs) – A Panel Discussion, Sydney 14 August 2015, Melbourne 17 August 2015 and Brisbane 19 August 2015
  • Presentation Introduction to International Arbitration, Mediation and other dispute resolution methods, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia Introduction to International Arbitration Course, Brisbane, 23 May 2015
  • Presentation International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution: The India-Australia Perspectives, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Roadshow, New Delhi and Hyderabad, India, 14 and 17 February 2015
  • Panel Speaker, American Bar Association Asia Pacific International Mediation Summit, New Delhi, India 14 February 2015
  • Presentation The Role of Arbitration in Australia, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Roadshow, Indonesia, 23 September 2014
  • Co-presenter Cross Cultural Masterclass, Queensland law Society 7th Annual Gold Coast Symposium 2014, Gold Coast, 30 May 2014
  • Presentation The Bodies in the Arena – Arbitration Institutions in the International Arena, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia National Conference, Canberra, 4 May 2014
  • Panel Speaker, APRAG 2014 10th Anniversary Conference, Melbourne, 27 March 2014
  • Presentation HKIAC in Australia Seminar, The Pursuit of Enforcement: Strategies for Dealing and Disputing with Chinese Parties, Brisbane, 9 December 2013
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