International Arbitrators

You can’t have an arbitration without an arbitrator. An arbitrator is an impartial person chosen to decide the issue between parties engaged in a dispute. Arbitrations can include a sole arbitrator or an arbitral tribunal (one president and two co-arbitrators). The award rendered is binding and enforceable upon all the parties involved.

Our Experience as Attorneys and Arbitrators

In addition to representing clients in arbitration proceedings, our attorneys have also been called on to serve as arbitrators in cases under the administration of most of the major arbitration institutions including the ICC, LCIA, the AAA (ICDR), ad hoc and the CCJA.

Here are some examples:

Insurance sector:

Chairman in an arbitration involving European companies related to an insurance contract in the context of a movie production.

Agency sector:

Chairman in an arbitration involving companies from the Middle East and a British company in an arbitration related to an agency agreement. (LCIA/English)

Construction sector:

Sole arbitrator in an arbitration involving two French companies related to industrial construction equipment. (ICC/French)

Mining sector:

Co-arbitrator in an arbitration involving a Canadian and an African company (from Ivory Coast) for the exploitation of a diamond mine.

What do arbitrators do?

Aside from the parties and their attorneys, arbitrators play a key role in arbitration proceedings, including:

hearing the dispute
reviewing the evidence and testimony
applying the relevant law
issuing a final binding and enforceable award

In some cases arbitrators are also responsible for administering the arbitration process (typically in ad hoc arbitrations).

How are arbitrators selected?

Typically parties agree to have one or three arbitrators handle the arbitration. Parties can agree to select the arbitrators together or have an “appointing authority” (usually an arbitral institution) choose the arbitrators for them.

When the parties have decided that they want three arbitrators to resolve the dispute, typically each party nominates an arbitrator, with the third arbitrator mutually selected together or with the help of an appointing authority.

Arbitrators must be neutral, impartial, and independent from the parties and the dispute.