Arbitrator Intelligence aims to promote transparency, fairness, and accountability in the selection of international arbitrators by increasing and equalizing access to critical information about arbitrators and their decision making.
About Arbitrator Intelligence
When fully developed, Arbitrator Intelligence will be a non-profit, interactive informational network that increases and equalizes access to critical information in the arbitrator selection process. Arbitrator Intelligence’s preliminary start-up phase, organized around a Pilot Project, concluded on January 14, 2015. In addition to arbitral Awards and other independently developed resources, Arbitrator Intelligence will collect quantitative feedback from users and counsel about key features of arbitrator decision making. Information will be collected through surveys that allow users to provide feedback on specific questions such as case management, evidence taking, and Award rendering. When fully developed, Arbitrator Intelligence will allow Members to search accumulated information to aid in their arbitrator selection process.
This new resource aims to cure existing inefficiencies and inequities in how information about arbitrators is developed in the arbitrator selection process. Most information about arbitrators is developed through personal inquiries and by word-of-mouth. Such informal, anecdotal information can be outdated or unreliable. It can also be difficult to obtain for parties and counsel outside the mainstream international arbitration community. Informal information can also make it difficult for new arbitrators and arbitrators from outside of the major international arbitration hubs to develop a reputation or to be assessed. By promoting transparency and making sources of information about arbitrators more readily and equally available, Arbitrator Intelligence aims to increase arbitrator accountability, to make the selection process more fair and predictable, and to create better opportunities for new and diverse arbitrators.
As plans formalize, additional information about the means and methods for collecting information for Arbitrator Intelligence will be posted on this site and Member input will be welcome and encouraged. In the meantime, more general background about the factors and general approach to developing Arbitrator Intelligence can be found in previous publications about the project here and here.
About the Pilot Project
The Pilot Project was an initiative to jumpstart Arbitrator Intelligence. The specific goal of the Pilot Project was to collect as many Awards as possible from its launch through January 14, 2015. To measure our success, we broke this goal into two parts. First, we aimed to collect 100 previously unpublished Awards, meaning Awards that have not been widely disseminated or are not otherwise generally available to the international arbitration community. Second, we sought (and continue to seek) to amass as many Awards as possible so that we can develop research tools for later phases of Arbitrator Intelligence. These tools will allow parties, counsel and institutions to search and analyze Awards as part of their research in the arbitrator selection process.
Awards collected in the Pilot Project will not be published at this time. Parties to the Awards that are collected will be contacted at the end of the Pilot Project, before any publication, to allow them an opportunity to indicate sensitive information that may need to be redacted prior to publication. Awards collected in the Pilot Project will be integrated into development of the larger framework of Arbitrator Intelligence.
One larger purpose of the Pilot Project was to demonstrate the potential to assemble valuable, previously inaccessible information about arbitrators through global participation of interested stakeholders. Success in the Pilot Project, in other words, will generate interest and support for the larger Arbitrator Intelligence project. This interest and support is important for future phases, as Arbitrator Intelligence will be a non-profit entity and dependent on grant funding for subsequent phases of development.
Arbitrator Intelligence seeks to establish a network of contributors and users in an interactive community that builds collaborative informational resources about international arbitrators and their decisionmaking. In that sense, “Our Team” includes all our Members.
As a start-up, and specifically for the Pilot Project, Arbitrator Intelligence has relied on the guidance of a range of Special Advisers, including Roger Alford (University of Notre Dame), Gary Born (Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr LLP), Stavros Brekoulakis (Queen Mary University of London), Petra Butler (Victoria University of Wellington), David Caplan (Alston & Bird LLP), Gwen De Vries (Wolter Kluwer Law & Business), Christopher Drahozal (University of Kansas), Isabelle Hautot (General Counsel for Orange, Paris), Michael Kitzen (Juris Publishing), Michael Leathes (Former President/Founder of International Mediation Institute), Deborah Masucci (Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services), Richard L. Mattiaccio (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP), Michael McIlwrath (GE Litigation Counsel), Philip Ray (Phil-Ray International Dispute Resolution), John Roesser (Alston & Bird LLP), Patricia Shaughnessy (University of Stockholm), Dominque Shelton (Alston & Bird LLP), Matthias Sonntag (Gleiss Lutz), Stefan Weidert (Gleiss Lutz), and Stephan Wilske (Gleiss Lutz).
The Pilot Project also benefited from the generous aid from our supporters, including Alston & Bird LLP, Cambridge University Press, Gleiss Lutz, Juris Publishing, LexisNexis, Oxford University Press, Penn State Law, Queen Mary University of London, and Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Additional information about our sponsors and supporters is available on our Supporters page.