Hon Sir Ian Barker, QC


Telephone: +64 9-309-6106

Mobile: +64 21-634-686

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Post: PO Box 28203, Remuera, Auckland 1136, New Zealand.

Arbitration and Mediation Specialist

Sir Ian’s reputation as an arbitrator and mediator is grounded in a distinguished legal career. At the bar and on the Bench and in 14 years as an arbitrator and mediator. He has dealt with commercial disputes of all kinds including construction and engineering, energy and utilities, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, intellectual property, banking and real property valuation. Sir Ian does not give legal advice and practises solely as an arbitrator and mediator and not as a barrister.

He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1958, made silk in 1973 and was a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand from 1976 to 1997. On the bench he presided over much major commercial litigation and has made numerous distinguished contributions to the evolution of the New Zealand court system. He was knighted in 1994 for services to the law. He was the Judge in charge of the Commercial List from 1987 to 1997

Since his retirement, Sir Ian has conducted many commercial arbitrations and mediations. He has taken on major appointments both here and abroad, including being chair of several arbitral tribunals for the ICC Paris and the PCA at The Hague. He was the first World Intellectual Property Organisation domain dispute panelist appointed in New Zealand in 2000 and resolves domain disputes for the WIPO, National Arbitration Forum (USA) and Internet New Zealand.

Recent and Notable Cases

He is an appointee of the New Zealand Government on the ICSID Panel of arbitrators. He was appointed as Chair of an ad hoc arbitral panel in a BIT dispute between a European investor and an Asian nation. He is on the Panels of various arbitral institutions including AAA, SIAC, BCICA, KLRAC and AGRAP. He is currently Chair of four ICC arbitral tribunals in various locations.

Qualifications and Career

His many professional appointments include: Past-President and Fellow of the Arbitrators’ & Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He was chairman of the Banking Ombudsman Commission of New Zealand for 13 years. He was Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1999. He has been the New Zealand member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration since 1999.


He has delivered papers at numerous conferences and written articles on a wide variety of legal topics.

In 2006, 2009 and 2011, he was a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of the New Zealand chapter in Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford University Press) 2011.