CIArb News

Upcoming launch of Commonwealth International Arbitration Study

29 Nov 2019

CIArb is pleased to support the launch of the Commonwealth International Arbitration Study’s report, following our call to participate to members worldwide. The launch of the report will be held on the evening of December 4th 2019, in London. 

The study aims to understand how international commercial arbitration is used across the Commonwealth, and what challenges member countries face to ensure accessibility and effectiveness of the dispute resolution mechanism. 

76% of total respondents to the survey were members of CIArb, reflecting the breadth of the network globally. The CIArb Executive also contributed evidence to the study. The report contains a number of recommendations, which were discussed and developed further as part of the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) in Sri Lanka in early November. 

Lewis Johnston, CIArb Head of Policy, commented: 

“CIArb are delighted to have played a central role in contributing to this study and are evaluating the implications of the report in detail. We are pleased that CIArb’s global membership have engaged with the study, and we will continue to work with the Commonwealth Secretariat to ensure access to international arbitration in all Commonwealth jurisdictions.” 

The expert authors of the study are Prof Petra Butler (University of Victoria), Gary Born (WilmerHale), Robert Griffiths QC (Six Pump Court), Audley Sheppard QC (Clifford Chance), and Funke Adekoya (AÉLEX).

Speakers at the official launch include: Dharshini Prasad (Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP), James Clanchy (Independent Arbitrator), Audley Sheppard QC (Clifford Chance), Dr Emilia Onyema, (SOAS University of London), Calvin Hamilton (Hamilton Abogados), Robin Hayden (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), Jeffry Gruder QC (Essex Court Chambers), Steven Malby (former Head of the Commonwealth's Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform), Matthew Moorhead (Commonwealth Secretariat), Professor Petra Butler (Victoria University of Wellington & Director, Institute of Small and Micro States), and Professor Eva Lein (University of Lausanne & BIICL). 

Tickets to attend the official launch of the report in London are available by clicking here.

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