This seminar will take a long view of the history of arbitration in England, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, contrasting Parliamentary efforts to shape the process and enforcement of arbitration with the experience of arbitrators and parties. The Arbitration Acts of 1698 and 1889 have been interpreted as totemic events, important markers in a process of modernisation or even improvement of arbitration, that also incorporates changes made in tandem with the legal reforms of the mid-nineteenth century. The paper presented will reassess the status of legislation that concentrated on the relationship between arbitration and the courts, by exploring the practices of arbitrators, popular attitudes to arbitration and detailing how Parliament applied arbitration in many other contexts, including the enclosure of common land, labour relations and regulation of the railways.
Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and Professor of Law
Tags: The Director's Seminar Series
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