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Speakers Right Hon Sir Richard Aikens

Date / time
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Lecture

This talk is about the English court’s jurisdiction with regard to claims against insurers where there is an international element either because one or both of the parties is outside the jurisdiction,  or the event giving rise to the claim occurred outside the jurisdiction  or a combination of all one or more of those factors.

Right Hon Sir Richard Aikens joined what is now Brick Court Chambers in 1974 and practised in commercial law, specialising in shipping, insurance, banking, international trade, telecommunications, oil and gas and professional negligence.  He was a judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts from 1999-2008 (in charge of the Commercial Court in 2005-6) and a judge in the Court of Appeal from 2008-2015. His judgments include Republic of Ecuador v Occidental Exploration and Production Company, the first case in the English courts concerning Bilateral Investment Treaties and whether awards made under them were justiciable in court.  Since 2015, Sir Richard has been an arbitrator, conducting arbitrations in the UK and also a variety of foreign jurisdictions, in particular Hong Kong, Singapore, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Australia, the USA, France and Switzerland.  He is a contributing author to Bills of Lading and one of the specialist editors of Dicey, Morris & Collins on “The Conflict of Laws” (16th Ed and Ist Suppl).  Sir Richard was BILA’s President from 2012 to 2014. He is a Visiting Professor at both King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London.


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