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The Roebuck Lecture is named after Professor Derek Roebuck MCIArb and celebrates the very significant contribution that he has made to the Institute over the years, principally as Editor of Arbitration - The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management.
The ninth Roebuck Lecture, which will be delivered by Professor Stavros Brekoulakis is entitled "The Unwavering Policy Favouring Arbitration under English Law”.
In an homage to Professor Roebuck, the lecture will offer an overview of the historical development of the policy of English law favouring arbitration. The lecture will argue that, contrary to the common belief, English judicial attitudes in the 18th and 19th centuries never reflected a hostility to arbitration. The lecture will offer, for the first time, an account of English arbitration as a dispute resolution system which originally emerged as being part of, rather than antagonistic to, the English courts system. The lecture will compare the English approach to contrasting experiences from other jurisdictions, notably France, the United States and Germany. Understanding how arbitration developed in England is important not only for historical purposes, but also because it can provide helpful insights into current debates surrounding the legitimacy and potential reform of English arbitration law. More importantly, understanding the history of arbitration’s development in England can offer useful context in the debate about the future of English arbitration law and practice in the after-Brexit era.
Programme (subject to change):
17:30 - Registration, tea and coffee
18:00 - Welcome address Anthony Abrahams MCIArb, Director General, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
18:05 - Roebuck Lecture Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor in International Arbitration Law, 3 Verulam Buildings (Grayʼs Inn), Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
18:50 - Q&A session
19:00 - Closing remarks followed by drinks reception Thomas D. Halket C.Arb FCIArb, President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Please note that the event will follow CIArb’s Annual General Meeting. If you plan to attend the AGM, kindly advise the Governance Secretary no later than Friday 7 June 2019 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can also book online here.
Anthony Abrahams joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as its Director General, on 10 April 2012. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Board of Trustees’ strategy to promote the Institute’s vision across the globe.
Qualified as a solicitor and specialising in civil litigation, Anthony has considerable hands-on experience in Legal Practice Management, which he has reinforced academically by gaining an MBA with distinction from Nottingham Law School. Anthony also sits as a Deputy District Judge.
Anthony’s legal background has been complemented and enhanced with leadership and organisational skills acquired in the Territorial Army where he attained the rank of Colonel.
Anthony was mobilised in 2006 to undertake an operational tour in Iraq. While there, he worked to improve, and developed a passion for, the rule of law and also dealt with human rights issues. For his work in Iraq, Anthony was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States.
Anthony is involved with a number of military charities caring for the needs of service personnel and their families, as well as local and national charities. Married with three children and three grandchildren, Anthony enjoys, or suffers, supporting Northampton Saints with his family and has recently taken up sailing.
Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor inInternational Arbitrationat Queen Mary University of London and an associate member of 3 Verulam Buildings. His work includes the leading publications onThird Parties in International Commercial Arbitration,ArbitrabilitytheICCA-Queen Mary Report on Third Party Fundingand numerous publications in leading legal journals and reviews. He is a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator, a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, an assistant Rapporteur in the International Law Association Committee on International Commercial Arbitration, the General Editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, the Editor-in-Chief of the (CIArb’s) International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management and co-editor of the Kluwer’s International Arbitration Law Library series.
Brekoulakis is regularly listed in theWho’s Who Legal: Arbitration, described as “standing out as a first-rate arbitrator and academic; an expert in construction and commercial disputes and is regularly engaged in matters arising out of major infrastructure projects around the world”. He was also listed in the Who’s Who Future Leaders: Arbitration 2017 as one of the ten most highly regarded future leaders, described as “very thorough and professional” and “held in the highest regard”, named as a GARThought Leader - Arbitration 2018 and 2019, andnominated for GAR “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator”in 2016.He has been appointed in more than 30 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator under the rules of the ICC,LCIA, SCC, DIA, CAS andUNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
A Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, GAR listed arbitrator and a member of arbitral panels around the world, Thomas Halket has been an arbitrator for over 30 years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where he teaches courses on International Arbitration and IP transactions. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen and prior to that a partner and co-chair of the Technology and the Emerging Company Group of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.
Tom is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, a member of the "Tech List" of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in London and a member of the International Arbitration Club of New York. He is also a member of the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s Arbitral Appointments Committee. He is a frequent speaker and writer on ADR matters. He co-authored and edited a book on the arbitration of international IP disputes and is a co-author of a just published book on the arbitration of IP disputes in the U.S. He holds a Law degree from the Columbia Law School and Bachelors and Masters degrees in physics from MIT.