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Evolution Or Revolution? Are We Up For It?

Evolution Or Revolution? Are We Up For It?

In a wave of efforts by arbitral institutions to share more and more information with the arbitral community, we are in a better position than ever before to observe and compare what arbitral institutions are doing in response to users’ wishes. White & Case’s recent research shows that arbitral institutions are becoming increasingly flexible and responsive to what users are asking for. Flexibility was in fact identified as one of the most valuable characteristics of arbitration in the 2015 International Arbitration Survey conducted by White & Case and Queen Mary, University of London.

White & Case examined the most recent statistics and other information publicly available from ten major arbitral institutions to see if there were any overarching trends or themes that stood out. A very positive factor in itself was the data gathering process in that it revealed a growing willingness by the institutions to publish and share data.

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Ask An Expert: Mirèze Philippe

Ask An Expert: Mirèze Philippe

Mirèze Philippe, Special Counsel at the Secretariat of ICC the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, speaks about the key themes of the upcoming Paris GPC event, including the needs of users, diversity in practice and the future of dispute resolution.

Why did you specialise in dispute resolution?

I landed in arbitration without having specifically sought this specialisation. My generation of lawyers was not trained in arbitration because no specific training or LLMs existed in the 1980s and we learned arbitration by practicing it. I started in 1984 at the International Chamber of Commerce in the German team administering arbitration cases because I speak German, and since then I have been building my experience in dispute resolution. The area I have been focusing on since 2000 is online dispute resolution which is fascinating as it offers many facilities of access to justice and is truly the future of dispute resolution. Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC
Ask An Expert: Lucy Greenwood

Ask An Expert: Lucy Greenwood

Lucy Greenwood, an independent International Arbitrator based in Houston, Texas, provides her insight into the the issues of transparency, data and diversity in the international arbitration field.

What is your current role?

After spending the past 20 years in practice with two major international law firms, I have recently transitioned to become a full time arbitrator.

I joined Linklaters as a trainee in 1996, qualified as a litigator in London in 1998 and rather fell into the practice of international arbitration shortly thereafter. The firm needed an associate to relocate with a partner to the Paris office to establish an international arbitration presence there and asked me to go.  Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC
Celebrating International Women’s Day: Battling Unconscious Bias At Work

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Battling Unconscious Bias At Work

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day through a wide range of activities, the central theme this year covers women at work. The UN has published a comprehensive infographic on gender disparity globally, highlighting the low proportion of women in leadership positions. An issue not unique to a particular industry, including law.

What is particularly striking in the field of dispute resolution, is the under representation of women in international arbitration. But what are the barriers to women becoming successful international arbitration practitioners? Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in GPC, News
Ask An Expert: Diego Gosis

Ask An Expert: Diego Gosis

Diego Gosis, an Arbitrator and a Florida Foreign Legal Consultant at GST LLP in Miami, speaks about the digitalisation of dispute resolution and the benefits of increased cultural diversity in the field. Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC
Matching Arbitrators To Party Expectations

Matching Arbitrators To Party Expectations

Reacting to a discussion at Vienna Arbitration Days 2016, Lucy Greenwood, Michael McIlwrath and I published an article ‘Puppies or Kittens – How To Better Match Arbitrators to Party Expectations’ calling for better-informed choices in appointing arbitrators.

We analysed the arbitrator selection process, and proposed that the lack of available information on arbitrator’s soft skills and procedural preferences often leaves parties disappointed.

In appointing an arbitrator a party seeks to identify an individual with an approach to procedural issues, case management and handling of evidence and settlement which aligns with the party’s views. While this information is crucial for the arbitrator selection, parties have only traces of knowledge about it. In fact, obtaining this information can be the single most difficult challenge when identifying potential arbitrators. Read more

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The Geneva GPC – Does The Future Lie In Mediation?

The Geneva GPC – Does The Future Lie In Mediation?

On 29 September 2016, various stakeholders from the judicial and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) community – arbitrators, mediators and judges, in-house counsel, external lawyers, policy-makers as well as representatives of arbitral institutions – gathered in sunny Geneva for a lively exchange on “the future of dispute resolution” at the city’s GPC event. Read more

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Ask An Expert: Paul Key QC

Ask An Expert: Paul Key QC

New Zealand born Paul Key QC, an international arbitration specialist at Essex Court Chambers in London, discusses innovation, challenges and new trends in dispute resolution.

 What is your role in dispute resolution?

I am a barrister based in London. I work as an advocate and as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. I also do court work, largely (though not exclusively) related to arbitral disputes.

The disputes in which I am involved usually have some high-value and cross-border commercial aspect to them. My clients are typically large commercial entities, states and very high net-worth individuals. Like most people who do this work, my work as an advocate involves work for both claimants and respondents. The arbitrations in which I am involved take place in various places around the world (e.g. New York, Geneva, Singapore, Vienna and Sydney) and my work involves frequent travel. Read more

Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Ask An Expert, GPC
It’s A Numbers Game: Diversity And Inclusion In International Dispute Resolution

It’s A Numbers Game: Diversity And Inclusion In International Dispute Resolution

As a largely private mechanism for dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration has been shielded from scrutiny in relation to the composition of its arbitral tribunals. For years, the arbitration institutions did not publish data in relation to the gender, nationality or race of arbitrators appointed to hear disputes. However, this situation is changing. Read more

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