Veeder-Roebuck Conference Room unveiled at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

On Monday 13 June the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) were delighted to welcome guests from the international arbitration community to commemorate and celebrate the lives and work of the late Johnny Veeder QC and Professor Derek Roebuck.

Professor Roebuck’s landmark History of Arbitration Project has spanned 20 years and has been hosted by IALS since 2013. After Derek’s death in 2020, a fundraising project was set up to ensure the completion of this work, which is being continued by IALS Associate Research Fellow Dr Francis Boorman and SAS’ Dr Rhiannon Markless.

Invited attendees at the unveiling of the Vreeder-Roebuck Conference Room June 2022

The event was a great celebration for all the donors who have donated to the History of the Arbitration Project, and the £182,000 that has been raised to date.

Susanna Hoe, (left, widow of Derek Roebuck) and Marie Veeder (right, widow of Johnny Veeder)During the evening, IALS were honoured to be joined by Susanna Hoe, (left, widow of Derek Roebuck) and Marie Veeder (right, widow of Johnny Veeder) who unveiled the newly renamed Veeder-Roebuck Conference Room. This space recognises the enormous contribution made by Professor Roebuck along with the generous support of Johnny Veeder who continuously championed Derek’s important work.

Throughout the evening, guests heard from key supporters of the project, including Director of IALS, Professor Carl Stychin, and friend of Johnny and Derek, Neil Kaplan (below), who also acted as a volunteer fundraising leader for the Arbitration Project.

Neil Kaplan friend of Johnny Vreeder and Derek Roebuck and volunteer fundraising leader for the Arbitration Project

A donor plaque has been created to acknowledge those who have donated in excess of £10k to the History of Arbitration Project.  The plaque will be hung within the newly renamed conference room. 

The naming of the Veeder-Roebuck Conference Room was made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, including:  

Professor Doug Jones AO  
Neil and Su Kaplan 
Toby Landau QC and Nudra B. Majeed 
Karyl Nairn QC 
Sir Bernard Rix 
Audley Sheppard QC 
The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)  
Twenty Essex 

We also extend our sincere thanks to two generous donors who wish to remain anonymous.

For more information about the event or the History of Arbitration Project, please contact Madalene Smith, Development Officer by email at