Masood Ahmed

Associate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2362

Personal details

BA (Hons) / MA (Cantab); PG Dip. (Cardiff); PG Cert Ed. (Birmingham City); Solicitor (non-practising); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I read law at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) and completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Cardiff University. I qualified as a solicitor at an international commercial law firm and focused on commercial dispute resolution and commercial transactional work. Much of my work involved advising clients on high value and complex commercial disputes in the Commercial Court, international commercial arbitration and mediation.

I am the Alternative Dispute Resolution editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly and a member of the editorial board of Frontiers of Legal Research. I established and I am the convenor of the Civil Procedure and ADR stream for the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference. I am also an external examiner at the University of Oxford where I have assessed postgraduate theses in the area of civil procedure. I have been a visiting lecturer in international commercial arbitration at Masaryk University (Czech Republic) and was invited to give a series of lectures on international commercial arbitration and Islamic finance to Justices of the Supreme Court of Indonesia. I also advise the Bar Standards Board civil litigation examination committee. I am frequently invited to speak at conferences and round-table discussions on the civil justice system and alternative dispute resolution.



Civil Justice System

Dispute Resolution


Civil Dispute Resolution Methods

International Commercial Arbitration

Current Issues in International Business

Carriage of Goods by Sea



Selected publications (peer-reviewed)

  • M. Ahmed (with P. Vargiu) 'Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention in the United Kingdom', in G. Bermann (ed.), Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention, Springer, forthcoming 2017
  • M. Ahmed 'An investigation into the nature and role of non-settled ADR in the English civil justice system' [14,000 words] International Journal of Procedural Law forthcoming 2017.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Reflections on Judicial Approaches to the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration’ (2017) 28 (4) European Business Law Review 649-666.
  • M. Ahmed 'A Critical View of Stage 1 of the Online Court' (2017) 36(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 12-22 - Briggs Online Court Special Edition.
  • M. Ahmed 'The merits factor in assessing an unreasonable refusal to ADR: A critique and a proposal' (2016) 8 Journal of Business Law 646-669.
  • M. Ahmed (with Professor B. Billingsley) ‘Evolution, revolution and culture shift: A critical analysis of compulsory ADR in England and Canada’ (2016) 45(2) Common Law World Review 186-213.
  • M. Ahmed 'Costs Management and the Implied Approval of Incurred Costs' (2016) 35(4) Civil Justice Quarterly 259-267.
  • M. Ahmed (with H. Yu) 'Keeping the Invisible hand under control? – Arbitrator’s mandate and assisting third parties' (2015) 19 (2) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration 213-242.
  • M. Ahmed 'Bridging the gap between ADR and robust adverse costs orders' (2015) 66(1) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 71-92 re-published in Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice (Addelton Academic Publishers, New York) 2016 available online.
  • M. Ahmed 'Procedural Non-compliance and Relief from Sanctions after the Jackson Reforms: Striking the Balance' (2015) 5(1) International Journal of Procedural Law 71-95.
  • M. Ahmed 'Loosening the Grip of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 on Arbitration Agreements' (2014) 31(5) Journal of International Arbitration 515-540.
  • M. Ahmed 'Silence in the face of invitations to mediate' (2014) 73(1) Cambridge Law Journal 35-37
  • M. Ahmed ‘An Alternative Approach to Repealing the General Pre-action Protocol’ (2013) 32(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 257-274.
  • M. Ahmed 'Judicial Interpretation of CPR 3.1(7)' (2013) 32(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 94-108.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Implied Compulsory Mediation’ (2012) 31(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 151-175.
  • M. Ahmed (with H. Yu) ‘The new French Arbitration Law: an analysis’ (2012) 15(1) International Arbitration Law Review 20-29.
  • M. Ahmed 'Arbitration Clauses: fairness, justice and commercial certainty' (2010) 26(3) Arbitration International 409-419.

Selected publications (professional journals)

  • M. Ahmed (with C. Pennells) 'Declaring a 'winner'' (2016) 7708 New Law Journal.
  • M. Ahmed (with E. Archibald) ‘Ignore now, pay later’ (2014) 164 (7594) New Law Journal 15-16.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Appeals on issues of fact – Maintaining the status quo’ (2011) 6(2) Global Arbitration Review 46.
  • M. Ahmed, ‘Incorporating Arbitration Clauses: An English Law Perspective’ (2010) 5(3) Global Arbitration Review 40-41.
  • M. Ahmed, ‘Striking at the roots’ (2009) 153 (33) Solicitors Journal 21.


My primary research interests are in civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution (especially commercial arbitration and mediation). My research on civil procedure led me to be co-opted to a specialist sub-committee of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to assist it on the implementation of the Jackson Reforms to the General Pre-action Protocol. I have been appointed to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of a novel ADR scheme in resolving professional negligence disputes. My findings and recommendations will be reported to the Ministry of Justice, senior members of the judiciary and the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. I am also a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC). The CPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and its function is to make rules of court governing the practice and procedure in: the civil division of the Court of Appeal; the High Court; and the County Court. I work with members of the judiciary including the Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice; the Deputy Head of Civil Justice and leading practitioners in drafting new rules; reviewing and amending existing rules; implementing key reforms; and considering and advising on proposals from specialist sub-committees of the CPRC.


Civil Procedure; International Commercial Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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