We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sir Anthony Colman, Chairman,
Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre on 27 July 2017. It is his life of achievements and influence that we celebrate.
From the very beginning, Sir Anthony was a driving force for EMAC. He
played a pivotal role in ensuring EMAC's independence, impartiality and efficiency. It is thanks to his leadership and vision that EMAC encompasses international best practices and through his influence, the Centre has achieved international recognition.
His legacy will continue to be honoured by the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Secretariat who dedicate themselves to ensuring EMAC reaches its full potential.
In his lifetime, having spent over 50 years paving the way to enhancements within the legal industry, Sir Anthony's path was mapped with success. From his beginnings as a barrister of Gray's Inn at the Commercial Bar in 1962, he established himself as one of the brightest legal minds of our time.
Sir Anthony moved into the Commercial Court in London's High Court in 1992. Between 1996 and 1997 he was appointed Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court. In 2000 he authored the report of the Re-opened Investigation in the Loss of MV Derbyshire. He was co-founder and member of the European Commercial Judges Forms' management committee from 2002-2007 and became Honorary President of the Italian Society for Mediation in 2002. He served as Deputy Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts from 2010 to 2013.
In his influence as an international arbitrator, Sir Anthony was a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB); a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). He was also Commissioner of the Trinidad and Tobago Enquiry regarding HCU and Clico and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA).
A passionate advocate for arbitration and its benefits, his influence was profound and will continue to be felt within the community for years to come.
The EMAC Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, members and staff would like to extend our deepest sympathies go out to Sir Anthony's family.