David Goodwin’s practice at the Bar is focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Victorian Magistrates’ Court Single List of External Mediators and a Nationally Accredited Mediator in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the arbitration panel of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

He also advises in areas such as maritime law, international trade law, corporations law and corporate governance, the economic torts and regulatory matters.

David came to the Bar after a business career of more than two decades, working initially as a corporate lawyer with the BHP Group before progressing into senior executive roles with publicly listed companies. This included periods as Vice President Corporate Affairs for the global shipping company Neptune Orient Lines of Singapore (2005-10), Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs for BlueScope Steel (2000-05), General Manager External Affairs for OneSteel, now Arrium (1998-2000) and as Legal Manager, then General Manager New Zealand of the Australian National Line (1989-94).

David is a member of the faculty of RMIT University’s Graduate School of Business and Law. He is currently RMIT's MBA Director. Previously, he was Director of RMIT’s postgraduate Juris Doctor programs. David's teaching areas include Corporate Governance, Law of Torts and International Business Law.

His current research interests concern alternative dispute resolution, maritime law, the economic torts, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. Recent publications include:

  • Douglas K and Goodwin D, “Artistry in Mediator Practice: Reflections from Mediators” (2015) 26 Australian Dispute Resolution Journal 137.
  • Goodwin D, “Exempting Environmental Protection Boycotts from Competition Laws: Should Purpose or Public Benefit be the Test?” (2015) 23 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 260.

David was admitted to legal practice in Victoria in 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law from Monash University, a Master of Business from RMIT University and a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from the National University of Singapore.


Member, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Melbourne Single List of External Mediators, from 2011

Member, Victorian Bar International Arbitration Committee, 2010 to 2015

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), from 2009

Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, from 2009

Member, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators, from 2009

Panel Member, Arbitration Panel of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, from 2009Victorian Committee Member, Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, from 2014

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6777

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Ground Floor, 525 Lonsdale St
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Commercial Law
Transport Law
Property & Probate
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Banking & Finance
Building Law & Construction Law
Common Law
Intentional Torts
Public Law & Administrative Law
Disciplinary Proceedings


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 Nov 1988
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
20 May 2010


LL.B., Grad. Dip. Comm. Law., M. Bus.