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).


  • Turkish energy company in successfully obtaining an arbitration award of nearly $800 million in an investor-state arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID).
  • The Republic of the Philippines in an investor-state arbitration involving a multi-billion dollar claim by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (ICSID).
  • The Kingdom of Thailand in an investor-state arbitration involving the mining sector brought by Kingsgate Consolidated Limited and Kingsgate Capital Pty Ltd (UNCITRAL).
  • The Republic of Bulgaria in an investor-state arbitration concerning the banking sector brought by State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman (ICSID).
  • White Industries Australia Limited in successfully obtaining an arbitration award in an investor-state arbitration against the Republic of India (UNCITRAL).


UNCITRAL Working Group III, 34th Session: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform
Lead Delegate, LAWASIA (Law Association for Asia and the Pacific), Vienna
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


  • LLB, The University of Sydney, 2007, First Class Honours
  • BA, The University of Sydney, 2005, First Class Honours
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
  • Member, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, ICCA Program Committee (Sydney 2018 Congress)
  • Editorial Board Member, Arbitration - The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management

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