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Roundtable Report : “Les femmes dans l’arbitrage, Est-ce si différent?”

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of, or binding upon ArbitralWomen and/or the author’s law firm.

In previous posts, contributors have addressed the lack of gender diversity in arbitration. One post discussed the low percentage of women arbitrators in commercial and investment arbitration as well as the inconsistency between the percentage of female law graduates compared to female arbitrators and partners on international arbitration teams. Another blog shed light on the issue from the Brazilian context, and the first Kluwer Arbitration blog poll surveyed its readership for their views on the main factors contrib [...]

In Commercial Arbitration, Should Arbitrators Be Exclusively at the Service of the Parties?

On the ground that arbitration is a consensual and neutral means of dispute resolution, it has been suggested that arbitrators ought to be wholly and exclusively at the service of the parties and that they are not entrusted with a mission to defend public interests.

There may be reasons to call this view into question.

It is true that the selection of arbitration instead of court litigation has an impact on the manner in which the applicable law is identified in the absence of choice of law by the parties: the seat of the arbitration is no forum and reliance on conflict-of-laws rules of the seat is therefore not mandatory. This does not imply, however, that arbitrators are bound to disregar [...]

Celebrating a Vision: Queen Mary School of International Arbitration Turns 30 and Looks Ahead to the Next 30 Years

As a fitting tribute to the vision of the first dedicated arbitration education institution, the School of International Arbitration (SIA) marked its 30th anniversary with a two day conference looking back and looking forwards. Entitled “The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration: The Next 30 years”, it brought together over 200 graduates, academics and practitioners to reflect on the achievements in the field and the challenges ahead. Highlights included some blue-sky thinking as to the dramatic impact technology will have on the landscape of arbitration and some critical introspection as to the ongoing relevance of many of the key practices that the arbitral community holds [...]

Conference report on Wendy Miles’ keynote speech at the YAF/YAPP conference in Vienna (28 March 2015): “The Role of Young Arbitrators in the Rule of Law”

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of, or binding upon ArbitralWomen and/or the author’s law firm.

This year, Wendy Miles delivered the keynote speech at the YAF/YAPP Annual Conference on the second day of the Vis Moot. Attuned to the audience, the speech began with a note of encouragement and ended on a counterpoint of responsibility: though the future belongs to the young arbitrators, they are entrusted with nothing less than the future of the rule of law.

Following a prelude that traced the origins of the rule of law, from the Magna Carta of 1215 to various human rights instruments adopted over the centuries, [...]

Do Arbitrators Have A Special Duty Towards Unrepresented Parties?

and Alexandra Mitretodis, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

In 0927613 BC Ltd v 0941187 BC Ltd, 2014 BCJ No 2659, decided on August 21, 2014, the British Columbia Supreme Court stated that in the domestic context, an arbitrator must comply with the rules of natural justice and consider what assistance can be useful to provide unrepresented parties.

The two numbered companies were parties to a joint venture agreement with a third numbered company to purchase three properties for development purposes. The joint venture agreement was later amended. The joint venture agreement and the amended joint venture agreement provided for disputes to be resolved through mediation, and if mediation failed, [...]

A Recent Survey of Experienced U.S. Arbitrators Highlights Areas for Further International Study and Discussion

In 2013, an extensive survey of experienced commercial arbitrators in the U.S. was conducted by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution with the cooperation of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), an organization of more than two hundred of the most experienced arbitrators in the U.S. The Survey provides considerable new data on arbitrators’ experiences, practices and perspectives.

Of course, canvasses of personal attitudes and experiences must be regarded with appropriate circumspection. Respondents may exaggerate levels of experience and skew answers to embrace norms perceived as “correct.” Lack of time or multi-tasking may undercut the accuracy or thoughtfulness of [...]

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