In the Spotlight: Professor Peter Zablud

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Professor Peter Zablud is an attorney and a practising notary appointed to office by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1990. He is held in the highest regard throughout the common law world for his commitment to excellence and the advancement of the notariat and for his outstanding contribution to the education of prospective and practising notaries. He is a tireless campaigner for the establishment and maintenance of the highest possible standards of notarial practice.

Peter has written extensively about notarial practice. He is the author of A Notary’s Forms and Precedents and the authoritative text book Principles of Notarial Practicewhich has been sold in 21 countries and is now approaching its second edition.


As a notary, Peter conducts a substantial and respected notarial practice, based upon a high standard of service and a comprehensive knowledge of global notarial and authentication requirements.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Australian and New Zealand College  of Notaries and is a Fellow of the College. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Notaries of Victoria and is a Councillor and Past-president of the Society. He was the first Australian individual member of the International Union of Notaries and is an associate of the World Organization of Notaries.

As Director of Notarial Studies at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, Professor Zablud designed and is responsible for the presentation of the Professional Course in Notarial Practice – the pre-eminent qualification for notaries in Australia and one of the outstanding courses of education of its kind. He is responsible for a new degree of Master of Notarial Science which  is to be offered by the University in 2013.

As well as teaching at the University, Professor Zablud presents workshops and masterclasses for practising and prospective notaries and in-house lectures and seminars for government and private organizations about the notariat and the authentication of documents. For a number of years now, he has presented papers and chaired sessions at Conferences conducted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.