Jesse Kennedy

Date of admission to the Bar

Areas of practice
Jesse has a broad international, commercial and public law practice and accepts briefs in all areas of law, including for appearances in courts and tribunals in Australia or New York, as well as before international arbitral tribunals, or courts and tribunals established under international treaties, wherever located.

His areas of practice include:

  • Administrative & public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial law
  • Constitutional law
  • Equity
  • Insurance law
  • Public & private international law
  • Real property
  • Trade & transport law

Jesse was admitted to practice in NSW in 2009 and to the New York Bar in 2015. His practice focuses on international commercial and investor-state arbitration, as well as complex commercial and public disputes, particularly those arising out of cross-border transactions or relationships. As a barrister, he has represented clients before arbitral tribunals (both domestic and international) and appellate and first instance courts throughout Australia (both federal and state).

Prior to joining the NSW Bar, Jesse was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where he specialised in international commercial arbitration and investor-state dispute settlement. While based in New York, he acted for sovereign states, foreign investors and some of the world’s largest conglomerates in high-profile arbitrations and cross-border litigations, involving jurisdictions such as England, Hong Kong, India and the United States.

Jesse was also the associate to the Honourable Justice Gummow AC on the High Court of Australia, and practised as a solicitor in transport and commercial litigation with Ashurst and then Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney. He is a university medallist and a published author in several leading periodicals from Australia, Europe and the United States in the areas of constitutional law, international commercial arbitration and public international law.

Jesse is ranked Band 1 for juniors in Chambers 2022: Shipping – The Bar, and as a leading junior in Doyles’ Leading Transport Barristers 2022.


  • Master of Laws (International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration Award, New York University)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours and the University Medal, ANU)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Development Studies, ANU)