The theme of this year's Roebuck Lecture aims to consider 'The impact of Singapore Mediation Convention, both on mediation and arbitration' and will be delivered by Hon Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch EBS CBS MCIArb, (Rtd) Judge, Certified International Mediator (IMI), Certified Advanced Mediator, Chartered Mediator and Accredited Mediator. Lady Justice Aluoch is a former Judge and First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. She was the second woman Court of Appeal and High Court Judge and Magistrate in Kenya, and is an active member of CIArb's Kenya and London branches.
The Roebuck Lecture, now in its 11th year, is named after Professor Derek Roebuck MCIArb and celebrates the very significant contribution he has made to the Institute over the years, principally as Editor of Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management.
This lecture takes place each summer in the UK and is one of the highlights of CIArb's events calendar. This flagship event is open to practicing lawyers, arbitrators, mediators, barristers, corporate counsel, business professionals, students with interest in ADR and academics from around the world. CIArb extends the online live viewing of this year’s Roebuck Lecture to the whole ADR community worldwide, complimentary.
Programme (subject to change):
5.00pm - Welcome address and introduction, by Catherine Dixon, CIArb Director General
5.05pm - Roebuck Lecture, by Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch EBS CBS MCIArb, (Rtd) Judge
5.50pm - Q&A session
6.00pm - Closing remarks, by Ann Ryan Robertson C.Arb FCIArb, CIArb President 2021
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
This event will be broadcasted live online at 5.00pm BST (UK time), please check your local time zone.
Lady Justice Joyce ALUOCH EBS CBS MCIArb is a former Judge and First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. She was the second woman Court of Appeal and High Court Judge and Magistrate in Kenya.
She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs (GMAP), from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston, which awarded her the Distinguished alumna award and again in 2018, the University granted her its top Award (honoris causa) only granted to those who carry the University’s ideals throughout their career. This made her the first black person to receive such an honour from Tufts University. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law. She is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Upon retirement from the bench, she successfully moved her legal profession to Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation and arbitration. She is a Certified International Mediator (IMI), a Certified Advanced Mediator (MTI) a Chartered Mediator (MTI) and an Accredited Mediator (CEDR)-London. She also has a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, and is an Accredited trainer with a Certificate of Accreditation in mediation training-London. She co-founded Aequitas Mediators, and conducts mediations under the Court Annexed Mediation Program (Kenya), FIDA-Kenya, international and domestic mediations and virtual mediations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London and the Kenya branch, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Africa Arbitration Association and Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. She was recently appointed a member of the International Advisory Board of the office of Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Programs, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Africa-Asia Mediation Association (AAMA), Board member, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI).
She is a recipient of several international and national awards including Presidential Awards of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), First Class Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Trail Blazer Award (CBS).
Catherine joined CIArb as Director General in May 2020 having set the world record for circumnavigation of the world on a tandem. Prior to setting her world record, Catherine spent time in Chief Executive Officer roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, a Higher and Further Education College and at NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held Senior Executive Director and General Counsel roles at the NSPCC and BUPA and in Canada at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Catherine started her professional career in private practice as a solicitor, at Eversheds Sutherland and was an Officer in the British Army. Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Queens Counsel Appointments, LawWorks, National Pro Bono Centre, the PDSA, the Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Landex and was the Deputy Chair of the IBA LGBTQI Committee. Catherine is currently a trustee of Stonewall and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open University. Catherine is a solicitor and accredited mediator and has a MBA.
Ann Ryan Robertson C.Arb FCIArb is an International Partner at Locke Lord LLP in the practice areas of International Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration and Commercial Litigation.
She holds a J.D. and a LL.M in International Economic Law and acts as arbitrator and advocate in international and domestic arbitrations.
Ann is experienced in cross-border commercial disputes, involving a variety of oil and gas issues, franchise law, partnerships, sales contracts (including those governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods), and commercial contracts pertaining to manufacturing, supply, warranties and project development.
She is the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a past member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb, and a past Chair of the North America Branch of CIArb.