EDER, Sir Bernard

Member since:November 2019
Telephone:07711 139771


BA (Law)

Positions Held

Barrister (1975-2010); Queen’s Counsel (1990); High Court Judge (2011-2015); International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (2015-); Temporary Acting Judge, Commercial Court, BVI (June-July 2016) Former Chair ARIAS (UK); Former Chair ICBET. Legal Chair, FRC (2016-2019). Member, IML, Southampton University. Guest Lecturer, Law Faculty, Sorbonne, Paris (2019). China Justice & Arbitration Summit: (i) Challenging an Award in the English Courts; (ii) Expert Evidence in arbitration (Shanghai, 2019). Master’s Lecture: 2019: Worshipful Company of Arbitrators “London Arbitration: The Future in Context”. Round Table Arbitration Debate (London Shipping Law Centre, London, March 2019). Arbitration Masterclass (Singapore Judicial College, 2018). International  Arbitration: How Worldly Is It? (Clayton Utz International/University of Sydney Arbitration Lecture 2017). King’s College: Arbitration or Litigation – What’s Better? Former Senior Editor, Scrutton on Charterparties & Bills of Lading

Present Positions

International Arbitrator

Professional Associations

ICC, LCIA, LMAA (supporting member), FCIArb, SIAC (Panel Member). SCMA, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, CIETAC, HIAC, HKIArb (Fellow), FCIArb, JCA, JCAA, SIAC, IDRA, XMAC, AIADR (Honorary Fellow)


Practised as a barrister for almost 35 years (1976 to 2010), specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration – eg insurance (including Bermuda Form), reinsurance, joint ventures, banking, commodities and shipping. In 1991, appointed Queen’s Counsel. During his practice at the English Bar, he acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases (including in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council) and over 200 international arbitrations.  In 2011, he was appointed a High Court Judge.  During his time as a High Court Judge, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London where he presided over a number of high-profile trials.

Resigned from the Bench in April 2015 and now acts primarily as an international arbitrator. Acted as arbitrator in over 275 arbitrations.

Foreign Languages

English – Spoken French

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