Data-Driven Decision-Making: From Fine Wine to Fine Arbitrators

Given the confidential nature of arbitration, gathering the relevant information means personal phone calls with individuals who have appeared before a potential arbitrator or, better yet, sat as a co-arbitrator with that person. This kind of ad hoc individual research largely confines assessment of potential arbitrators to feedback from a limited number of individuals. Despite this limited scope, ad hoc research can be time-consuming (and therefore costly), but not always reliable. Without broad data against which to evaluate these inputs, however, it is impossible to determine whether the feedback is broadly representative, readily transferrable to the case at hand, or just an outlier.

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Season 2 Episode 14 - The Fifth from ICCA

In the final conversations from Sydney, we first talk to Campbell McLachlan and Matthew Weiniger about the second edition of their book on substantive principles in international investment law. It's been 10 years since the first edition: what has happened during the work with the second [TIME 08:41]? We then talk to Catherine Rogers about Arbitrator Intelligence, which aims to change the process through which arbitrators are appointed, away from the old school phone calls and into the 21st century [TIME 32:08]. The final segment is a Happy Fun Time one. Business development at law firms: what is it and must we all engage in it [TIME 01:10:32]? 

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Helsinki International Arbitration Day 2018

HELSINKI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Helsinki International Arbitration Day 2018 ( will be held on Thursday, 24 May 2018 in Helsinki. The event gathers international arbitration and dispute resolution experts to Helsinki for the seventh time. The day's theme is “Shaping the Future of International Arbitration”. Among the topics addressed during the conference day will be public-private arbitration, sports arbitration, users’ perspective on the future of international arbitration, legal tech and legal design.

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Founder, Rogers to Keynote ‘Cambridge Arbitration Day’

Penn State Law professor Catherine A. Rogers has been invited to deliver the keynote address at Cambridge Arbitration Day on March 3 at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Organized by the Cambridge University Graduate Law Society, Cambridge Arbitration Day is a daylong conference that brings together scholars, practitioners, and students from across the globe to discuss the latest developments in international arbitration. This year’s conference, the fifth, will explore international arbitration as a market, as the field continues to grow and take on competitive, market-like characteristics.

Rogers’ address, which will open the conference, is entitled “Competition in the International Arbitration Market: A Race to the Top?” She will discuss how, in the marketplace for international arbitration, competition is everywhere: Arbitrators compete for appointments, attorneys compete for clients, states compete to be designated as arbitral seats, institutions compete to administer proceedings, experts compete to provide opinions, various arbitration organizations and academics compete to influence developments in the field, third-party funders compete to finance cases, and the parties compete to prevail in the substantive disputes.

Rogers will examine these competitive forces, and the extent to which they encourage a race to the top or risk a race to the bottom.

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The Key to Unlocking the Arbitrator Diversity Paradox?: Arbitrator Intelligence

A strange paradox marks the debate about international arbitrator diversity.

Public consensus increasingly reflects a pervasive concern about the lack of diversity among international arbitrators. ArbitralWomen can claim much credit for focusing attention on the lack of gender diversity, as evidenced by now more than 2500 signatures on The Pledge. Meanwhile, many corporate users now insist that firms include diverse candidates on lists of proposed arbitrators.

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AI Launches AIQ and Signs Historic Agreement with SIAC

After several years in the planning, one year in the making, and many months in the testing, AI formally launched the AIQ, beginning in Singapore at an event on June 1 hosted by the Davinder Singh of the Drew & Napier law firm, supported by the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), and officiated by AI Advisory Board Member Gary Born. AI Advisor Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon also graciously supported the event.

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