UNCCA Directors

Chair: Tim D. Castle

Tim has been chair of UNCCA since its formation in 2013. He is a commercial barrister practicing at 6 St James Hall Chambers in Sydney. Tim has represented LAWASIA at a meeting of Working Group I, and also participated in the Expert Group associated with WG I. Tim has chaired a Panel session on Cross-Border Insolvency at a University of Macau Seminar in 2014, spoken in a panel session on the CISG at the Thailand Arbitration Centre Seminar in April 2015, and spoken on the work of UNCCA at the RCAP’s Trade Law Form in Incheon in May 2015. Tim has also attended a meeting of the CISG Advisory Council in 2012 in Wellington NZ as an observer on behalf of the New York State Bar Association.

Deputy Chair: Suzanne Howarth

Suzanne Howarth is an Australian lawyer admitted to legal practice for over 30 years.  She has completed undergraduate and graduate studies in law and public administration at the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne and has had extensive experience in both private legal practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom and public policy analysis and government legal work in the Australian Public Service.  Suzanne is a member of the International Lawyers Committee of the ACT Law Society and a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is also a mediator accredited under the Australian National Mediation Accreditation System.

Currently Suzanne is a sessional lecturer and supervising solicitor at the Legal Advice Clinic for Small Business at the University of Canberra and an Adjunct Fellow with the School of Law, Western Sydney University.  Suzanne is also a member of Council at St John’s Anglican Church, Reid and a Board member of Canberra Youth Theatre.

Secretary: Prishika Raj

Prishika Raj is a solicitor admitted to practice in New South Wales, currently practicing as a Lawyer in Dispute Resolution at the Australian Government Solicitor. She is a Director and Secretary of UNCCA, and became involved in the organization in 2015 through her liaison role as a legal officer in the Private International Law and Commercial Policy section of the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). At AGD she worked on Commonwealth implementation of key UNCITRAL and Hague Convention texts relating to commercial law reform. She has practiced in private commercial litigation and has an interest in commercial insolvency and contracts. Prishika spoke at the 2015 UNCCA Seminar on contract law reform in Australia, and recently published a piece on the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods in Chapman et al, ‘Access to Justice in the ASEAN: the Key Role of UNCITRAL’ (2015) 1 Incheon Digest. Prishika studied a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney and was awarded an Economics and Business Scholarship (with Merit) (2007-2009) and the Judicial Conference of Australia Scholarship in Social Justice (2011).

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is a Lecturer at Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney, where he teaches private international law and researches issues of international dispute resolution and media law. Originally from Western Australia, Michael began his career in litigation in Perth. He went on to teach private international law and equity at Curtin University before joining Sydney in 2016. Michael joined UNCCA’s executive committee in 2015, and became a director and fellow in 2016. As a graduate student, Michael interned at the Regional Centre in Incheon. In 2014 he presented in Macau at the UNCITRAL Asia-Pacific Fall Conference. He has been published with João Ribeiro, Head of the Regional Centre, on transparency in ISDS. Michael is a UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholar, and holds several degrees from the University of Western Australia.

Delcy Lagones de Anglim

Delcy Lagones de Anglim is one of the leading international ADR practitioners in Australia. Delcy graduated with Honours as a lawyer in her native Peru in 1988, specialising in international contracts and International arbitration.

Delcy worked as an International Trade lawyer before joining the United Nations in 1992. She currently works as a Dispute Resolution expert with the IFC/World Bank. Delcy is the author of two books on Mediation and Conciliation and writes regularly on these topics, including a chapter on the enforceability of Mediation agreements in “Global Trade Through the Harmonization of Laws”, published by UNCITRAL in November 2015. Delcy has been part of UNCCA since its inception in 2013. She is a foundaton Director and Fellow of UNCCA with particular interest and expertise in mediation and conciliation. Delcy is invited to speak regularly about ADR at international conferences and at the UNCITRAL conferences in Macau. Delcy has been instrumental in facilitating the adoption of UNCITRAL Model laws in the Asia Pacific region. She is the founder and Managing Director of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Centre. She speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and basic Quechua, Portuguese and Khmer.

Sara Rayment, LLM (QMUL), MCIArb

Sara Rayment is a Senior Associate at Sparke Helmore Lawyers where she specialises in international arbitration and complex commercial disputes. Sara is a director of UNCCA and has represented LAWASIA at meetings of Working Group III in New York and Vienna. She played an active role in the finalisation of Working Group III’s Technical Notes on Online Dispute Resolution which were adopted by UNCITRAL on 5 July 2016. Sara presented at the UNCITRAL Australia Seminar in May 2016 on the activities of Working Group III and the final text of the Technical Notes on Online Dispute Resolution. Sara is also a casual lecturer at the University of Newcastle where she assists students involved in UNCCA’s UNLAWS program which provides students with opportunities to participate in UNCITRAL Working Groups.