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.
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.
17:30 - Registration, tea and coffee 18:00 - Welcome address 18:05 - Roebuck Lecture 18:50 - Q&A session 19:00 - Closing remarks followed by drinks reception
*Please note that this programme is subject to change.
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.