Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners - Analytical tools and mind mapping

New software applications can help lawyers to develop and explore facts and legal issues, and organise them in a logical, often visual, structure. These analytical tools can be used to map case strategies, and identify critical information and uncover patterns, relationships, priorities and trends.

Modern analytical tools can help lawyers to organise information logically and visually, and gain a comprehensive overview of their cases. These tools can then be used to streamline information and focus on the most important aspects of the case.

Other advances in machine learning and mind-mapping may make it possible to achieve reasonably accurate predictions of outcomes in a particular case. For example, a program that was fed a dataset of sample decisions of the European Court of Human Rights was able to predict the outcome of other cases with 79 per cent accuracy by looking for relationships between words, word sequences and clusters of words that indicated one outcome or another. Prediction-based programs can also handle certain ‘expert’ tasks, for example, by quickly assessing a range of potential damages figures by manipulating a series of inputs. Below are software applications in the analytical and/or mind mapping category.

Disclaimer: Due to the very nature and dynamics of the subject of this guide, the examples should not be considered exhaustive, and merely represent a sample of the potential applications available. There are numerous other vendors that provide similar services and products to the ones described, and the presence of any particular vendor or product in this guide does not reflect any qualitative judgment about the suitability or capability of that vendor or product. The goal is to periodically update and edit the guide to reflect new technological advances, and add new or delete obsolete, applications, programs or vendors. The IBA Arb40 Subcommittee does not endorse or recommend any particular technology, vendor, software or program listed below, nor can it vouch for the security, cost or appropriateness of any of the listed technology, which must be assessed by practitioners on a case-by-case basis. The descriptions of particular programs, software and vendors were not provided by the vendors themselves, and the IBA Arb40 Subcommittee takes no responsibility for errors in those descriptions. All technology should be thoroughly explored and vetted by the arbitration practitioner prior to use.