History of Arbitration Project Receives Generous Support

A project to investigate the history of arbitration in the 19th century will go ahead at IALS, thanks to the support of the international arbitral community.

Access to Justice: Arbitration and Mediation in 19th Century England will follow on from Professor Derek Roebuck’s 20-year landmark study into the history of arbitration, which was long associated with IALS and, since 2013, has been hosted by the Institute.

A prolific writer of arbitration history, Derek was a Senior Associate Research Fellow at IALS. His research was staunchly supported by Johnny Veeder QC, an influential figure in the field of arbitration. Sadly, both Johnny and Derek passed away in 2020. IALS has had an ambition to complete the final volume of this important historical study in memory of both Johnny and Derek.

The Institute is delighted to announce that it has almost reached its target of £170,000 in donations, ensuring that this monumental series will be completed. We would like to sincerely thank all those in the international arbitral community who have so generously supported this fundraising effort.

Dr Francis Boorman, who since 2013 had collaborated with Derek in researching and writing the last three books of the series, has been appointed to complete this last volume. The project officially started on 19 April 2021 and is expected to take two and a half years to complete. Beyond the academic impact, this initiative will be well-placed to inform Government policy, and to provide robust historical foundations to debates around arbitral practice.

To commemorate Johnny’s and Derek’s contribution to IALS and to the wider scholarship, the Institute and the University of London are very pleased to be naming the main space in IALS, which is used for seminars, receptions and other high-profile events, in their honour. The Veeder-Roebuck Conference Room will also house a plaque to acknowledge and thank the most high-level donors who have so generously supported the project.

For more information about the Veeder-Roebuck project, please contact development@london.ac.uk