Christopher CAMPBELL-HOLT

Registrar and Chief Executive, AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre

Christopher CAMPBELL-HOLT

Registrar and Chief Executive, AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre

Mr. Campbell-Holt is the Registrar and Chief Executive of the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre.  He reports to the Chief Justice of the Court and to the Chairman of the IAC. He is responsible for the day to day management and administration of the Court and IAC and case management of litigation and alternative dispute resolution as delegated by the Chief Justice and Chairman.  

He is a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council, which reviews and approves AIFC law.  He is also a member of the AIFC Academic Council, which advises the training body of the AIFC, the AIFC Bureau for Continuing Professional Development.

He has many years of legal experience gained while living and working in the UK, US, Middle East, and Eurasia.  He managed the establishment of the AIFC Court and IAC and was a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council that reviewed and approved the initial AIFC common law.

He was the Registrar at an international financial centre commercial court and alternative dispute resolution centre in Qatar under the Presidency of Lord Woolf, the first President of that Court and the first Chief Justice of the AIFC Court.  Prior to that, he worked at the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, in London, UK, and was a member of the Secretariat of the Committee that reviewed BAE Systems Plc following high profile corruption allegations and published its Report in 2008.  He was later a Legal Consultant at a regional law firm in the Middle East that was strategically partnered with the US international law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced broad international commercial law and dispute resolution.

He has been a founding member of many international law institutions and dispute resolution practice groups, including as a founding member and Advisory Board member of the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London.

He has been a visiting and guest lecturer at universities in the UK and Middle East and has lectured extensively on international dispute resolution and business ethics and anti-corruption law.  He leads the development of legal, judicial, and alternative dispute resolution education in the AIFC.

He has published widely including in legal practitioner journals and as the author of chapters on corporate insolvency for a leading Company Law publication, Gore-Browne on Companies(Jordans, 2007-2010 eds.).  He was the Editor of The Pursuit of Justice (OUP, 2008) and Assistant Editor of Current Legal Problems (2005-2010 eds.).

He was educated at University College London, where he graduated with an LLB in Law in 2003.  He is admitted as a member of the Bar of New York State and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

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