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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, will be published by Wolters Kluwer in early 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, will be published by Wolters Kluwer in early 2021. Anna is the Associate Editor of the Kluwer Mediation Blog.

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

  • 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.

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