Masood Ahmed

Associate Professor

School/Department: Law, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2362



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 (including international commercial arbitration and mediation) and commercial transactional work.


My primary research interests are in civil procedure/civil justice systems and reform, alternative dispute resolution (especially commercial arbitration and mediation) and the interrelationship between ADR and the Civil Procedure Rules.

I was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and worked with members of the judiciary, policy makers and leading practitioners in implementing major civil justice reforms. I am currently assisting the Civil Justice Council in its review of the pre-action protocols. 

At the Leicester Law School I convene the Dispute Resolution Research Cluster. I also hold a number of external positions including:

  • Research Fellow on the ‘Vici Affordable Access to Justice’ research project at the Erasmus Law School, Erasmus University (Netherlands)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Case Note Editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly
  • Editorial member of the White Book (Civil Procedure Rules) and commentator
  • Editorial member of the Journal of Personal Injury Law
  • Founder and convenor of the Civil Justice Systems and ADR stream for the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference (SLSA)
  • External examiner at the University of Oxford (postgraduate civil procedure/civil justice)



M. Ahmed ‘The London Fire Court ADR and the English Contemporary Civil Court Process’ (2021) 40(4) Civil Justice Quarterly 263-280;

M. Ahmed ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution During the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond’ King’s Law Journal 32(1) 147-156;

M. Ahmed ‘Critical Reflections on the Proposal for a Mediation Act for Scotland’ (2020) 83(3) Modern Law Review 614-636;

M. Ahmed 'The suspension of arbitral awards on enforcement and the territoriality theory' (2020) Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 372-378;

M. Ahmed 'Moving on from a judicial preference for mediation to embed appropriate dispute resolution' (2019) 70(3) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 331-154;

M. Ahmed 'A Critical Review of the Business & Property Courts of England and Wales' in X. Kramer and J. Sorabji (ed.) International Business Courts - A European and Global Perspective (Eleven International Publishing) 2019 21-43;

M. Ahmed 'Critical Reflections on the UNCITRAL Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements' (2019) Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 259-270;

M. Ahmed 'A Novel ADR Procedure for Professional Negligence Disputes' (2019) 35(1) Journal of Professional Negligence 54-70;

M. Ahmed 'An investigation into the nature and role of non-settled ADR' (2017) 7(2) International Journal of Procedural Law 216-249;

M. Ahmed (with Prof B. Billingsley) ‘Evolution Revolution & Culture Shift: A Critical Analysis of Compulsory ADR in England and Canada’ (2016) 45(2) Common Law World Review 186-213.



Civil Justice Systems and Reform; Civil Procedure; Access to Civil Justice; The Civil Court Process; Alternative Dispute Resolution; International Commercial Arbitration.


Dispute Resolution; Civil Dispute Resolution Methods; International Commercial Arbitration; Analysing Law (including Civil Procedure and ADR).

Press and media

Civil justice reforms; civil court reforms; access to justice; litigants in person and access to justice; civil procedure; alternative dispute resolution (mediation); international commercial arbitration.



  • Civil Justice Reforms and Compulsory ADR - Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, 2022
  • The rise of International Commercial Courts and Arbitration - Building EU Civil Justice, Erasmus University 2021
  • A more principled approach to compulsory ADR within the English civil justice system - Frontiers of Civil Justice Erasmus Law School Erasmus University Netherlands 2020
  • ADR and Public Bodies - SLSA Conference University of Leeds 2019
  • The Professional Negligence Adjudication Scheme - Professional Negligence Bar Association 2019
  • Civil Justice Reforms - Law Society Roundtable London 2019
  • Judicial Approaches to ADR within the Civil Court Process - Civil Mediation Council Conference 2017


BA/MA (Law) - Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

PG Dip. - Cardiff University

PG Cert Ed. - Birmingham City University

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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