David A. R. Williams Q.C.

Member, ICCA Governing Board

General bio

Professor David Williams QC currently practises as a Barrister with Bankside Chambers in Auckland and Singapore and as a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers, London.  He earned an LL.B degree from the University of Auckland and an LL.M from Harvard University.  For 18 years he was a partner in the leading Auckland firm of Russell McVeagh.  He moved to the Independent Bar and became a QC in 1987.  He served as a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1992-1994 but returned to practice at the Bar and established an international arbitration practice as a Chartered Arbitrator.  For some years he has taught international arbitration at the University of Auckland Law School.  In 2011 his jointly authored treatise, Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration was published by LexisNexis, Wellington, New Zealand.

Awards, Nominations and Special Roles

Member of the IBA Working Group which produced the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration 2004;  Member International Law Association, Committee on International Arbitration;  Honorary Professor of Law, University of Auckland 2010.

Articles by this Author


  • December 2011 - Co-Author of Williams and Kawharu on Arbitration, LexisNexis, Wellington 2011.