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Dr Anna Howard, PhD (London), MA/BA (Oxon), Solicitor (England & Wales)

Anna

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Email: a.l.howard@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8173
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields

Profile

Dr Anna Howard is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Anna is the Associate Editor of the Kluwer Mediation Blog and a member of the UNCITRAL Academic Forum on Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

Anna completed her PhD (on EU cross-border commercial mediation) at Queen Mary in 2019. Prior to starting her PhD, Anna was Lecturer of Law at the School of Law, Singapore Management University.

Anna qualified as a solicitor (England & Wales) in 2003 and practised EU and UK competition law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Field Fisher before moving to Singapore where she started her academic career. In 2014, Anna trained as a mediator (Core Solutions).

Anna studied Modern Languages at Oxford University (The Queen’s College) and was then sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to study law as a postgraduate at The College of Law.

Research

Anna’s main area of research is mediation and in particular cross-border mediation. Anna’s book, EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation, Listening to Disputants – Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes, was published by Wolters Kluwer in January 2021. Anna’s book is based on her PhD research for which she interviewed senior in-house counsel of multi-national companies regarding their use of mediation for their EU cross-border commercial disputes.

Anna is also working with colleagues at Queen Mary and Cardiff University on a multi-disciplinary research project on international investment arbitration.

Publications

Anna's book, EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation, Listening to Disputants – Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes, was published by Wolters Kluwer in January 2021. Read reviews of Anna's book.

Anna is the Associate Editor of the Kluwer Mediation Blog and a frequent contributor to the blog. Read her blog posts.

Public Engagement

Anna is a member of the UNCITRAL Academic Forum on Investor-State Dispute Settlement. Anna is also a member of the Facilitators’ Group of the World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change.

Events

Speaking invitations

  • Invited by Scottish Mediation to speak about the impact of her book’s findings on the promotion of mediation: “Listening to Disputants – Changing the Frame; Framing the Changes” (22 April 2021).
  • Invited by CEDR to deliver a Masterclass on EU Cross-Border Commercial Mediation (8 April 2021).
  • Invited by Core Mediation (Scotland) to speak at an event to discuss her book’s findings with John Sturrock QC, Professor John Lande and Charlie Irvine (11 March 2021).
  • Invited by The London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London Branch) and the London Court of International Arbitration to be a panellist at their co-hosted event “Sustainable ADR – Recalibrating for the future” (18 February 2021).
  • Invited to speak at the UNCITRAL ABLI Emergence Conference 2018 in Singapore following submission of her paper: “Direction or distraction? A direct enforcement mechanism for cross-border commercial mediated settlement agreements: the EU perspective” (25 July 2018).
  • Invited to speak and facilitate at workshop sessions on the future of mediation at the International Academy of Mediators Conference in Edinburgh (10-11 May 2018).

Other events

  • Together with Professor Stavros Brekoulakis and Dr Daniel Behn, Anna was a moderator of a seminar on “Impartiality in Investment Treaty Arbitration” hosted at Queen Mary (22 October 2019).
  • For National Mediation Awareness Week, Anna organised and chaired the event “Challenging Mediation Misconceptions” hosted at Queen Mary (19 October 2017).

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