IALS hosted the launch of the latest volume of Professor Derek Roebuck’s landmark study in the history of arbitral practice, ‘English Arbitration and Mediation in the Long Eighteenth Century’, which examines alternative dispute resolution practices from 1700 – 1815. Co-authored with Dr Francis Calvert Boorman and Dr Rhiannon Markless, the book draws on court records, law reports, newspapers and memoirs to consider how contentious issues were settled in a variety of arenas and in all strata of English society. The practices of mediation and arbitration across various sectors of eighteenth-century England are explored, including services offered by the State, as well as private arbitration and mediation, in areas as diverse as business, sport and religion. Finally, the book ends with a discussion of the increasing involvement of legal professionals.
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