Dr David Goodwin’s practice at the Bar is focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution, international trade and maritime law. He also advises in areas such as corporations law and corporate governance, and the economic torts. 

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.

Dr Goodwin is also a business academic. He is an Associate Professor at Victoria University Business School in Melbourne, where he is Head, Industry and External Engagement.

Previously, he was a member of the faculty of RMIT University’s Graduate School of Business and Law. At RMIT he was MBA Director (2016 to 2019) and Director of the Juris Doctor program (2015 to 2016). 

Dr Goodwin signed the Bar Roll in 2010 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).

His current research interests concern alternative dispute resolution, maritime law, business ethics and the economic torts.

Recent publications include:

  • Goodwin D, "Justification Defences under the Economic Torts" (2019) 26 Tort Law Review 143. 
  • Goodwin D, “Book Review: Melis Ozdel, Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties” (2019) 33 Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal 120.
  • Shelley A and Goodwin D, “Optimizing Learning Outcomes Through Social Co-Creation of New Knowledge in Real-Life Client Challenges” (2018) 1 (2) Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching 13.
  • Dr Goodwin 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 (Logistics) from RMIT University, a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from the National University of Singapore and a PhD in Law from RMIT University.


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

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 2009    Executive Member, Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, from 2017

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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
Banking & Finance
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Common Law
Intentional Torts
International Law
Private International Law
Contract Disputes
Transport Law
Admiralty Law / Maritime Law


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


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