Global law firm White & Case LLP has launched its 2018 International Arbitration Survey, carried out in conjunction with the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). The survey provides a valuable opportunity for practitioners across the arbitration community to offer their views on key issues in international arbitration. The closing date for responses is 8 December 2017.
What is the background to the survey?
This fourth edition of the survey produced by White & Case and QMUL focuses on the evolution of international arbitration: comparing trends over recent years, exploring current perceptions and revealing what users want from the international arbitration system in the future.
The survey also represents the eighth example of detailed research on matters pertaining to the practice of international arbitration conducted by QMUL.
Why is the survey significant?
The survey considers the evolution of international arbitration as a system, including its past, present and future. The survey expressly aims to research the sentiment of the international arbitration community and not just the views of any particular group within it.
All stakeholders therefore are invited to share their perspectives, regardless of whether their experience with international arbitration is based on activities as a private practitioner, in-house counsel, arbitrator, academic, or through work for an arbitral institution.
Such an inclusive approach is to be welcomed and recommended to others who conduct similar surveys.
London-based White & Case partner Dipen Sabharwal said:
We are delighted to continue our partnership with the QMUL School of International Arbitration on our fourth empirical survey on international arbitration. Arbitration is the natural choice for resolving business disputes because it is able rapidly to evolve in response to the needs of its users. We look forward to exploring how arbitration has evolved over recent years and what its users expect for the future.’
Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law at QMUL, said:
In the last 30 years, the field of international arbitration has evolved on a great scale and in a number of ways, including in terms of legislation, jurisprudence and practice. The 2018 survey aims to undertake an empirical assessment of arbitration’s evolution and identify key areas of development. Importantly, the survey also aims to identify key innovations and factors that may impact on the future development of international arbitration, including the role of information technology. We are grateful for the continuing support of the arbitration community to our surveys, and we hope that responses to this year’s questionnaire will be as strong as ever.’
How do I complete the survey?
The survey can be completed online (click here) or by completing a PDF version of the survey and returning it to the White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration at QMUL, Adrian Hodis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The survey questionnaire is open from 10 October 2017 until 8 December 2017. In parallel, there will also be a qualitative, interview phase. The results will be launched in spring 2018 in the form of a report, which will compare key findings from the questionnaire and interview research. If you would like to participate in an interview, please contact the White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration at QMUL, Adrian Hodis (email@example.com).
We understand that the survey and results are anonymous, and that all data collected will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with applicable data protection laws.