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


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8173
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Anna Howard is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. 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, led by John Sturrock QC).

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.


Anna’s main area of research is mediation and in particular cross-border mediation. Anna is currently working on her first monograph which will be published by Kluwer in early 2021. Anna’s monograph is based on her PhD which explores the limited use of EU cross-border commercial mediation.

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


Anna is currently working on her first monograph which is based on her PhD thesis and will be published by Kluwer in early 2021.

Anna is the Associate Editor of the Kluwer Mediation Blog.

Public Engagement

October 2019: 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.

July 2018: Anna was 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.”

May 2018: Anna was invited to speak and facilitate at workshop sessions on the future of mediation at the International Academy of Mediators Conference in Edinburgh.

October 2017: for National Mediation Awareness Week, Anna organised and chaired the event “Challenging Mediation Misconceptions” hosted at Queen Mary.