Monty Taylor's practice focuses on the representation of sovereign States and multinational corporations in international arbitration disputes. Mr. Taylor represents both investors and sovereigns in investment treaty arbitrations, and also acts for clients in international commercial arbitrations conducted under the major arbitral rules.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Taylor served as Legal Counsel to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank in Washington, DC. As Counsel, he acted as Secretary to the Tribunal on numerous ICSID Convention and Additional Facility arbitration proceedings, which involved claims based on bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty, the North American Free Trade Agreement, national investment laws and international contracts. Mr. Taylor previously practised in the arbitration group of a leading international firm in Sydney, where he represented clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, including under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In the landmark case of White Industries Australia Limited v. Republic of India (UNCITRAL), Mr. Taylor acted as counsel for the first known Australian investor to succeed in an investment treaty arbitration against a sovereign State.

Mr. Taylor is regularly invited to lecture in the field of international arbitration. He has presented lectures at, among other institutions, University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School, and Queen Mary University of London (School of International Arbitration).

Experience

  • The Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration concerning the oil and gas sector brought by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.
  • The Republic of Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration concerning the banking sector brought by State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Turkish energy company in an ICSID arbitration involving a claim of US$1.7 billion against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • White Industries Australia Limited in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought against the Republic of India.

Perspectives

Australia's Approach to Free Trade Agreements and Investor-State Dispute Settlements
Panelist, Free Trade Agreements Forum, The McKell Institute/KPMG
The State as a Party to Arbitration Proceedings: Procedural and Jurisdictional Challenges
Panellist, Queen Mary University of London/Brazilian Arbitration Committee Arbitration Day
Is an Arbitral Award an ‘Investment’?
Kobe University
The European Commission’s Proposal for an Investment Court as Part of the TTIP - Implications for Practice
University of Cambridge
Arbitration at ICSID and Questions for the Future

Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration

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Credentials

Education
  • LLB, The University of Sydney, 2007, First Class Honours
  • BA, The University of Sydney, 2005, First Class Honours
Admissions
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
Activities
  • Member, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, ICCA Program Committee (Sydney 2018 Congress)
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