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Bryant Garth Comments on Arbitrator Intelligence

March 23, 2015

Bryant Garth, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UC Irvine and co-author with Yves Dezalay of the ground-breaking book Dealing in Virtue: International Commercial Arbitration and the Construction of a Transnational Legal Order, commented on Arbitrator Intelligence at a presentation by Professor Catherine Rogers at UCLA Law School on March 11, 2015.

Back in the 1990s, Professor Garth was among the first to identify international arbitrators as existing in a market for services, and to examine the dynamics that exist between insiders and newcomers in that market. Professor Rogers’ book, Ethics in International Arbitration, builds on many of the foundational themes established in Dealing with Virtue and—in some respects—Arbitrator Intelligence seeks to get better information about and to expand the “club” of international arbitrators.

In addition to situating Arbitrator Intelligence in historical context based on his own sociological research, at the UCLA presentation Professor Garth posed many salient questions about the aims of AI. He effectively challenged Arbitrator Intelligence to help make the market for arbitrator services more diverse, rather than simply becoming another tool to reinforce existing hierarchies and patterns. This is a bold challenge, but one that is firmly within the core mission of AI.

Although not known before the presentation, it was revealed that Professor Garth is signed up as one of now over 700 Members of Arbitrator Intelligence! We look forward to having Professor Garth continue lend both his critical assessments and helpful insights to AI as we move forward in seeking to make information about arbitrators more transparent and equally accessible.