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Global Arbitration Review – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators seat index launched in London


The Global Arbitration Review (GAR) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) held an event in London this month to mark the launch of the new GAR-CIArb Seat Index – which is now live and ready to access.

The launch, held at Reed Smith in London on 15 November, featured a panel discussion by CIArb’s Doug Jones, Lord Goldsmith QC and Professor Janet Walker of Outer Temple Chambers, who led work on the project, following an introduction by GAR’s publisher David Samuels.

The index aims to provide one-page summaries of the favourableness of individual arbitral seats assessed against a range of standard criteria. In its first version, it covers six frequently used and well-established jurisdictions for arbitration: Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Switzerland (including Geneva and Zurich).

Professor Janet Walker is a Professional Associate at Outer Temple Chambers. A Canadian arbitrator and academic at York University’s Ogsoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Janet told delegates that the idea for the project could be traced back to CIArb’s launch of the “London principles” in 2015, to mark the body’s centenary. Unveiled at a conference in London, the principles aimed to distil the factors that are essential to an effective, efficient and “safe” seat of international arbitration. Walker said members of the CIArb committee were anxious that the London principles should not be forgotten after the centenary celebrations concluded but should have a “lasting legacy”.

Outer Temple Chambers offers a range of alternative dispute resolution expertise: accredited mediators, arbitrators, experts with substantial experience of alternative dispute resolution procedures, and barristers and associates who understand their role as advocates in different alternative dispute resolution procedures. Our arbitration barristers and associates are experienced in acting as sole or panel arbitrators in a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes including matters relating to: commercial contracts, banking, pensions, regulatory and tax issues, construction disputes and personal injury. Several also have wide global experience from working on disputes in the Middle East, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

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