th America's Cup, Skippers presentation press conference, London (UK), 09 Sept
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Auckland/Milano, 11th of May 2018 - The appointment of the Arbitration Panel for the next America’s Cup has been announced today, in accordance with the requirements of the Protocol governing the event.

The appointment of the Arbitration Panel for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada has been announced today by the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand and Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa Challenge. As in previous editions of the America’s Cup, the role of the Arbitration Panel will be to resolve off-the-water disputes, whilst being responsible for the interpretation of the Protocol and other specific areas of rule compliance.

The three person panel consists of:  

-David Tillett (AUS)

-Chairman-Dr. Henry Peter (SUI)  

-Graham McKenzie (NZL)  

All three are respected lawyers who have experience working with previous America’s Cup adjudication bodies and bring considerable acumen to their roles as panel members.   


David Tillett - Chairman David is a Member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for Services to Yachting in 2000. He has a long list of governance roles in sailing, including three times being chairman of the Olympic Games Jury and serving on the Volvo Ocean Race juries (twice as Chairman). He has been involved as an umpire and member of the Jury at six previous America’s Cups, twice as Jury Chairman.  A member of the World Sailing Council and Constitution Committee, he is also a previous Chairman of the Racing Rules Committee.    

Dr. Henry Peter A partner in a large Swiss law firm and a professor at the University of Geneva, he specializes in corporate and sports law, fields in which he is an academic author and often acts as an arbitrator. Vice-chairman of the Swiss disciplinary chamber of the Swiss Olympic Association in charge of doping cases, he is also on the board of the Swiss Arbitration Association and the Sanction Commission of the Swiss Stock Exchange. He has previously served on an America’s Cup Jury and twice been a member of the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel (once as Chairman).    

Graham McKenzie A long-standing member of the New Zealand legal and corporate governance fraternity, he has previously served as a member of the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel and the America’s Cup Jury (three times) and was on the independent panel advising the New York Supreme Court during the litigation leading up to the 2010 America’s Cup Deed of Gift Match. Currently a member of the World Sailing Constitution Committee and their Ethics Commission.


America's Cup 36 The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in sport and is recognised as the pinnacle of sailing.  Leading up to the America's Cup Match, there will be five America's Cup World Series events in 2019-2020, the Christmas Race in December 2020 and the Challenger Selections Series - The Prada Cup in January-February 2021 to select the team which will challenge the Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup Match in March 2021 in Auckland.