MISSION STATEMENT: Arbitrator Intelligence (AI) aims to promote transparency, fairness, and accountability in the selection of international arbitrators, and to facilitate increased diversity in arbitrator appointments. 

The primary means through which Arbitrator Intelligence (AI) seeks to fulfill its mission is through development and implementation of the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire (AIQ).

Currently, the most valuable information about arbitrators is available only through person-to-person, ad hoc inquiries, usually by telephone. This approach has several potential shortcomings. First, personal telephone calls are less fair for those who don’t have a large network of people to call, but also less efficient and more precarious for who have large networks. Reliance on personal phone calls also creates an informational bottleneck that makes it more difficult for newer arbitrators to establish a reputation and for the market for arbitrator services to operate as a true meritocracy.

To solve these problems, the AIQ aims to approximate—through systematically gathered responses—the kinds of information that are currently sought by parties through ad hoc, person-to-person phone calls during the arbitrator selection process. There are important challenges in this effort, but through careful work with a range of survey experts, political scientists, and a range of arbitration industry leaders, AI is currently finalizing the AIQ. It will be posted on this website early in 2017 for public comment.

Your input is needed to help us refine and finalize the AIQ, so please check back soon!

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January 21, 2017

Berwin Leighton Paisner recently published a thoughtful and much-welcomed study on diversity. The study collects and analyses the latest statistics on the international arbitration community’s stand on diversity. Some of the numbers are particularly st …

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Gary Born on the Importance of AI

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In December 2016, Gary Born gave a keynote at the CIArb Young Members Group Annual Conference in London. His speech focused on the importance of AI as a resource for young and aspiring arbitrators, and more generally for the legitimacy crisis in intern …

January 8, 2017

Wilske Puts the “International” Back in International Arbitration


German arbitration specialist and AI Member Stephan Wilske recently published an excellent  paper, “Linguistic and Language Issues in International Arbitration – Problems, Pitfalls and Paranoia.” In this work, Stephan explains how  English is presumed …

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