Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners - Management and transfer of arbitration data

There are dozens of programs available on the market that can serve as a platform to host, manage, organise, sort, and transfer voluminous documents and submissions gathered and/or exchanged in an arbitration. The most basic platforms are cloud-based systems that serve as repositories for arbitration data, allowing users to upload, label, and share arbitration pleadings and exhibits with others through a single, centralised location that all parties and tribunal members can access.

More sophisticated platforms permit parties to use the ‘dual’ functions of storing, accessing and editing their own information for use during the drafting and case management phase, and later sharing complete pleading sets or submissions with others, essentially creating multiple databases within a single platform. The most advanced tools contain dozens of specialty features that allow users to edit, sort, organise, label, search and annotate their files throughout the course of the arbitration. This technology might include, for example, the ability to create a chronology of all exhibits submitted in the arbitration or a joint hearing bundle with the mere stroke of a button, or to pull up all documents submitted in the arbitration that reference a particular witness, to name just a few.

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.