ICC pays tribute to Prof. J. Martin Hunter (1937-2021)

  • 13 October 2021

ICC has paid tribute to Prof. J. Martin Hunter, former Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (1988-90), who passed away on 9 October 2021.

ICC has paid tribute to Martin and his many achievements:

ICC Court President Claudia Salomon said: “I would like to extend to Martin’s family, friends and colleagues our deepest condolences. Martin stood as one of the giants of international arbitration, not only because of his accomplishments, but because of his kindness, enthusiasm and support for multiple generations in the field. The light of the world burns dimmer with the loss of this great teacher, scholar, advocate, arbitrator and friend”.

Ziva Filipic, Managing Counsel of the ICC Court’s Secretariat, said: “Martin was a brilliant lawyer and a true pioneer in the field of international arbitration. He lived and breathed the ideal of a genuinely international system of peaceful dispute resolution that advances the rule of law and bridges cultural and social gaps – a vision that so deeply resonates with the mission of ICC and the ICC Court. With his ‘learning by doing’ method, he inspired students and young practitioners across the globe. He was also a mentor and friend to many, whose lives, like mine, he changed forever, and through which his vision and legacy will long continue to live on”.

A specialist in international arbitration since 1967, Martin was a partner at Freshfields for 27 years, serving as the head of 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 served as an arbitrator and advocate in some of the most complex cases. In 1995, he also was appointed as the newly established chair of International Dispute Resolution at Nottingham Trent University, where he was appointed as an Emeritus Professor in 2010. He was a prolific author, most known for the seminal test, Law and Practice of International Arbitration (with Alan Redfern), and lectured in many universities across Europe, the United States and India.