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School of International Arbitration 30th Anniversary Conference: "The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration: The Next 30 Years"

19 April 2015 - 21 April 2015

Time: 1:00 - 1:00am
Venue: Westbourne Suite, The Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

The School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London hosts its 30th Anniversary Celebration Conference, "The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration: The Next 30 Years". 

International arbitration has evolved significantly since the establishment of the School of International Arbitration in 1985. The School has been at the centre of many developments in the last 30 years and has educated and been associated with many of the key players in arbitration practice and scholarship.

This conference celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the School of International Arbitration. It will also provide a platform for reflection, open debate, critical thinking, speculation about the future, as well as networking and reunion opportunities.

Conference videos

LexisPSL interviews School of International Arbitration members

Ahead of the SIA's 30th Anniversary Conference, LexisPSL interviews distinguished members of the SIA’s faculty and leading arbitration practitioners on:


Sunday, 19 April 2015

6.00pm - 8.00pm: Drinks Reception

Monday, 20 April 2015

8.30am - 9.15am: Registration and Coffee

9.15am - 9.30am: Welcome and Focus of the Conference

9.30am - 11.00am: The Evolution of International Arbitration

11.00am - 11.30am: Tea and Coffee Break

11.30am - 1.00pm: The Autonomous Arbitral Award

1.00pm - 2.30pm: Lunch

2.30pm - 4.00pm: Parties in Arbitration: Consent v. Commercial Reality

4.00pm - 4.30pm: Tea and Coffee Break

4.30pm - 6.00pm: The Interface Between Courts and Arbitration

8.00pm - 10.00pm: Gala Dinner

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

9.30am - 11.00am: Distribution of Power, Diversity and Imbalances in International Arbitration

11.00am - 11.30am: Tea and Coffee Break

11.30am - 1.00pm: Evolution and Future (The Arbitration Process)

1.00pm - 2.15pm: Lunch

2.15pm - 5.15pm: Roundtable on Teaching and Research in Arbitration

Teaching of international arbitration:

Research in international arbitration:

5.15pm - 5.30pm: Closing Session

5.30pm - 7.00pm: Drinks Reception 

CPD Accreditation

The programme is accredited for 12 CPD Points with the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

How to Book

To book your conference seat, please register via the Queen Mary e-shop. Please note that there are different options available, as detailed below.

If you are using a conference-only rate and would like to attend the gala dinner, please book your dinner seat separately.


  • Individual registration (conference and gala dinner): £545.00
  • Alumni registration (conference and gala dinner): £495.00
    This rate is available for PhD, LLM and Diploma graduates who took at least one arbitration course at SIA. Please indicate at the time of booking when you took your courses and when you graduated.
  • Individual registration (conference only): £445.00
  • Academic rate (conference only): £325.00
    This rate is available for full-time members of staff in any institution of higher education, and for students from universities other than Queen Mary University of London.
  • QMUL/ CCLS students (21 April 2015, 14:15 – 19:00 only): £50

A limited number of discounted places for the full conference for current SIA students will be made available in March 2015.


The Lancaster hotel, where the conference will be held, is offering participants special accommodation rates. Please refer to the rates and booking information for further details.


For more information, please email


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Photography, video and audio recording

Please note that CCLS events may be photographed or video and audio recorded. These materials will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by Queen Mary University of London. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day. Alternatively you can email the CCLS Events Team on in advance of the event that you are attending.

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