Mr. Christopher Campbell-Holt (Hon. Prof., MCIArb)
Registrar and Chief Executive, IAC
Mr. Campbell-Holt is the Registrar and Chief Executive of the International Arbitration Centre (IAC). He is responsible for the day to day management and administration of the IAC, case management of arbitrations and mediations before the IAC, and the appointment of mediators at the IAC as provided by the IAC Arbitration and Mediation Rules. He managed the establishment of the IAC and AIFC Court. He is a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council, which reviews and approves AIFC law. He is a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which advises on reform of the Kazakh courts and dispute resolution. He is an Honorary Professor at KAZGUU University, Kazakhstan, and 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 international legal experience gained while living and working in the UK, US, Middle East, and Eurasia. He was the Registrar at an international financial centre commercial court and alternative dispute resolution centre in Qatar under the Presidency of Lord Woolf. 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 partnered with the US international law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced international commercial law and dispute resolution.
He has founded many international law institutions and dispute resolution groups, including as a founding member and Advisory Board member of the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London. He has lectured extensively at law schools at universities in the UK, Middle East and Eurasia and leads the development of legal education courses provided by the AIFC Court and IAC. 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 read the LLB in Law and graduated in 2003. He is admitted to the Bar of New York State. He is a CEDR accredited mediator and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.