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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Judging Insurance Shipping and Aviation Disputes: Principle and Pragmatism

11 December 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Room 3.1, Centre For Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A

About this Event

The Insurance Law Institute is delighted to announce details of guest speaker Sir Bernard Rix, former High Court Judge and then Lord Justice of Appeal.


Prof. Sir Bernard Rix will reflect back on some of the key decisions he took in the fields of Insurance, Shipping and Aviation during his time as a Lord Justice of Appeal in the English Courts and discuss the delights and difficulties of resolving disputes in these areas of commercial law. He will also share insights on the development of the common law in these fields and some of the challenges to be met going forward.


Sir Bernard Rix retired in 2013 from the Court of Appeal after twenty years as first a High Court Judge and then a Lord Justice of Appeal. He now practices as an arbitrator and accredited mediator. Since his retirement, he has been appointed to positions as a member of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and of the Singapore International Commercial Court and a Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

He was educated at New College Oxford, of which he is an honorary fellow, and at Harvard Law School, where he was a Kennedy Scholar. He is a past President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of the UK.

He has lectured abroad or spoken at international conferences in St Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Doha, Oslo, Florence, Padua, Venice, Washington, Barcelona, Jerusalem and Warsaw, as well as in London.

Other positions held have been or are: Treasurer of the Inner Temple, Chairman of Coexist House, President of the British Insurance Law Association, Trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, Chairman of the Razumovsky Trust, and a director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also participated in a performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the ENO.


  • Venue: Room 3.1, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB
  • Registration: 17:30
  • Seminar: 18:00-19:00
  • Drinks Reception: 19:00 onwards

Attendance is free but registration is required to attend.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.


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