After a successful campaign in Latin America, Arbitrator Intelligence launches a new campaign! The new campaign takes place between 8 February and 3 March and is focused on the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Region.
On December 7th, 2018, Arbitrator Intelligence was skillfully represented at the 26th Croatian Arbitration Days in Zagreb by Zrinka Mustafa Prelic. Her speech gravitated not only around the old and new challenges about arbitration, but also on announcing our most recent campaign which runs through December 14th aimed at women arbitrators for which AI has partnered with ArbitralWomen.
She spoke at the New York International Arbitration Center on Nov. 1 during “NYIAC Talks: Fresh Ideas, Urgent Concerns.” On a panel regarding addressing the current state of artificial intelligence and new technological frontiers, Rogers joined Nik Reed, COO and co-founder of Ravel Law in discussing analytics on judges and arbitrators, as well as senior in-house counsel for Nokia, Elaine Drager. Discussion centered around the newest innovations in litigation, and the challenges for converting those to an arbitration context. The panel was moderated by Daniel Schimmel, partner at Foley Hoag.
The first week of the campaign started with the theme ¡Entra la cancha!, which was meant to encourage arbitration practitioners to join in creating their own future opportunities by generating information about arbitration in Latin America. So far response has been overwhelming—thanks to our outstanding Ambassadors!
The Latin America AIQ Campaign taking place October 1st – November 12nd 2018 will be successfully represented by 30 Ambassadors from 10 countries that will not only increase awareness about arbitration but also help generate AIQ responses in order to increase transparency, accountability and diversity in Latin America.
Joongi Kim, Professor of Law and Vice President for International Affairs at Yonsei University, South Korea, was one such eminent panelist. In a talk on confidentiality and transparency rules and their relevance in international arbitration, Professor Kim identified Arbitrator Intelligence as a recent innovation. In follow-up comments, Professor Kim stated: “In addition to transparency regarding the arbitral process, transparency regarding arbitrators has emerged as a major issue. Arbitrator Intelligence is an important initiative by Prof. Catherine Rogers at Penn State that seeks to counterbalance the information asymmetry that exists among users regarding arbitrators.”
Arbitrator Intelligence will, together with Wolters Kluwer, be publishing 485 international Arbitral Awards on www.kluwerarbitration.com. These awards were collected by Arbitrator Intelligence, which hopes to collect additional awards and orders, both through its continued independent research and from awards contributed through the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire.
Given the confidential nature of arbitration, gathering the relevant information means personal phone calls with individuals who have appeared before a potential arbitrator or, better yet, sat as a co-arbitrator with that person. This kind of ad hoc individual research largely confines assessment of potential arbitrators to feedback from a limited number of individuals. Despite this limited scope, ad hoc research can be time-consuming (and therefore costly), but not always reliable. Without broad data against which to evaluate these inputs, however, it is impossible to determine whether the feedback is broadly representative, readily transferrable to the case at hand, or just an outlier.