Martin Hunter was a partner in the law firm formerly known as Freshfields for 27 years, latterly leading the firm’s international arbitration group. On retiring from the firm in 1994 he re-qualified as a barrister and joined Essex Court Chambers, where he continues to practise in the field of international arbitration.
In 1995 he was appointed to the newly established chair of international dispute resolution at Nottingham Trent University, and he was appointed as an emeritus professor of that University in 2010. He also teaches international arbitration with postgraduate students as a visiting professor at several universities around the world, including King’s College London, University of Miami Law School, Central European University, Budapest, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and KIIT Law School in Bhubaneswar, India.
In the 1980s he was appointed as a member of the Council of ICCA and he has participated in the work of a number of organisations active in the field of international arbitration, including the AAA, the IBA, the ITA’s Academic Council, the ICC’s Court, the LCIA’s Court and UNCITRAL. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and was deputy chairman of the UK government’s committee on arbitration law reform, which was responsible for steering the English Arbitration Act 1996 through Parliament. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a chartered arbitrator.
Arbitrations fully in the public domain in which he has served as arbitrator include: Mexico v USA (NAFTA Chapter 20, chairman of five-member tribunal); S D Myers v Canada (NAFTA Chapter 11, chairman of three-member tribunal); William Nagel v Czech Republic (BIT, co-arbitrator); and Consortium of International Investors v India (BIT, co-arbitrator). Other published cases include Oscar Pistorius v FIAA (CAS, chairman of three-member tribunal).
Honours and awards include honorary dean of postgraduate studies at the Asser Instituut, The Hague, 1991; TMC Asser Gold Medal for Exceptional Services to Postgraduate Legal Education, 1992; the UK Jurists Award 2009; and doctor, honoris causa, at KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, India.
He has also been published extensively in specialist arbitration journals and elsewhere over the past 30 years. His books include Law and Practice of International Arbitration (with Alan Redfern); The English Arbitration Act 1996, Text and Notes (with Toby Landau); and the arbitration title of Halsbury’s Laws (with Ben Pilling).
WWL says: The “eminent” Martin Hunter is “a splendid arbitrator” whose vast experience and profound insight are “second to none”.
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