Arbitration Subcommittees


The Committee has three Subcommittees: Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, Investment Treaty Arbitration and IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules.

The Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards conducted in 2014-2015 a comparative study on 'public policy' as a defence to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards under the New York Convention. For such purpose, the Subcommittee solicited and received reports from Arbitration Committee members reporting jurisdiction by jurisdiction on the treatment of public policy by the domestic courts in the context of enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. Read the general report and country reports

The Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration is undertaking an in-depth analysis of the perceived benefits of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and the spectrum of criticisms and concerns voiced regarding ISDS, in order to identify which criticisms and concerns are fact-based and which are not, and to recommend actions for those aspects of ISDS that may benefit from change. The members of the Subcommittee are drawn from governments from both developed and developing countries, arbitral institutions, corporate users and the legal profession. Read survey report

The purpose of the Subcommittee on IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules is to monitor the use or non-use of IBA arbitration soft law products. Toward that end, the Subcommittee has solicited and received volunteers from our Committee’s membership to report jurisdiction by jurisdiction on the reception of IBA soft law products. The objective is to produce a report that will be updated from time to time and may serve as the basis for future revision of such soft law products.

The Committee has formed a task force called the Africa Arbitration Group whose purpose is to foster the participation in our Committee’s work and conferences of Sub- Saharan African arbitration practitioners.

The Committee also has, with the Asia Pacific Forum, formed a task force called the Asia Pacific Arbitration Group whose objectives are, inter alia, to foster the participation in our Committee’s work and conferences of Asia Pacific arbitration practitioners.

Task Force on Counsel Conduct in International Arbitration

The Task Force on Counsel Conduct in International Arbitration was formed in 2008 to survey and report on worldwide ethical practices and principles with respect to attorneys who handle international arbitration matters.

IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration (2013)

The committee and the Task Force on Counsel Conduct have produced guidelines for party representation and counsel conduct in international arbitration.

The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration (the ‘Guidelines’) are inspired by the principle that party representatives should act with integrity and honesty and should not engage in activities designed to produce unnecessary delay or expense, including tactics aimed at obstructing the arbitration proceedings. Download guidelines

The Task Force is currently chaired by Julie Bédard (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York) and includes the following members:

  • Alexis Mourre
    Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee
    Castaldi Mourre & Partners
    Paris, France

  • Eduardo Zuleta
    Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee
    Gomez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados
    Bogotá, Colombia

  • Funke Adekoya
    Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

  • José María Alonso
    Baker & McKenzie
    Madrid, Spain

  • Cyrus Benson
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    London, United Kingdom

  • Louis Degos
    K & L Gates LLP
    Paris, France

  • Paul Friedland
    White & Case LLP
    New York, United States

  • Mark Friedman
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    New York, United States

  • Judith Gill QC
    Allen & Overy LLP
    London, United Kingdom

  • Christopher Lau
    Three Verulam Buildings
    London, United Kingdom

  • Torsten Lorcher
    CMS Hasche Sigle
    Cologne, Germany

  • Fernando Mantilla-Serrano
    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Paris, France

  • Yoshimi Ohara
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu,
    Tokyo, Japan

  • William Park,
    Boston University School of Law
    Boston, United States

  • Kenneth Reisenfeld
    Patton Boggs LLP
    Washington, D.C., United States

  • Catherine Rogers
    Penn State, The Dickinson School of Law
    University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Arman Sarvarian
    University of Surrey, School of Law
    Guildford, United Kingdom

  • Margrete Stevens
    King & Spalding, LLP
    Washington, D.C., United States

  • Pierre Tercier
    University of Fribourg
    Fribourg, Switzerland

  • Claus von Wobeser
    Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C.
    México D.F., México

  • Alvin Yeo
    Wong Partnership LLP