Digital Infrastructure & Space Tech: New Opportunities and Disputes Risks

16 May 2023

Sydney English
Start: 16:45 (AEST) | 8:45 (CEST) || End: 11:00 (CEST)

Join us as we navigate opportunities and risks in digital and space industries, and how to best resolve space disputes in Australia and the APAC region.

As Australia's digital infrastructure and space tech industry matures and barriers to entry decrease, industry participants continue to grow beyond traditional State actors to a multitude of New Space players. The sector is critical across commercial industry sectors as well as to defence and national security. With increased satellite activities, competitive launch abilities, and involvement in space exploration, such growth and investment indeed brings immense opportunities, but also carry risks, including the risk of disputes. Our panel which consists of industry and legal experts will explore the current landscape of developments in the sector in Australia as well as future trends. We will zoom in on dispute avoidance techniques, mediation and arbitration as dispute resolution tools, and how to build these techniques and tools into relationships with partners.

This event is for industry representatives, in-house counsel, and legal practitioners with an interest in dispute avoidance and resolution in the space industry.

(Sydney Time Zone)


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Introduction – Duncan Miller


Opening Remarks – Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley


Panel discussion – All speakers, with Duncan Miller moderating


Questions and closing comments – Duncan Miller


Networking drinks

Margaret Beazley

Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC

Julia Dreosti

Counsel, Clifford Chance, Sydney

Annie Handmer

Satellite Policy and Industry Engagement Manager, Optus

Donna Lawler

Principal, Azimuth Advisory, Sydney

Duncan Miller SC

Barrister, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney (Moderator)

Byron Riessen

Space & Global Lead Partner, Deloitte Gravity Challenge, Deloitte

Tim Parsons

  • Non-Executive Director, Space Industry Association of Australia
  • Expert-in-Residence, National Space Industry Hub
  • Representative Director, Euroconsult Australia
  • Mission Director, Lunar Ascent
  • Commercial Lead, Waratah Seed Space Qualification Mission


Clifford Chance, Sydney
Level 24
Brookfield Place, 10 Carrington Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Emily Hay

Counsel, Hanotiau & van den Berg

Jaqueline Lau

International Business Development Officer, ICC Australia

Rachel Chong

Assistant, Arbitration and ADR, South Asia, ICC Dispute Resolution Services

Julia Dreosti

Counsel, Clifford Chance

Remonda Sukkar

Marketing & Events Advisor, Clifford Chance



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