Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners - Presentation of graphics and evidence

Basic graphic and presentational software have long been utilised by counsel in arbitration proceedings to complement the oral pleading by illustrating and summarising issues for arbitral tribunals. For many years, Microsoft’s PowerPoint was the principal graphics tool used in international arbitration.

Today, there are myriad programs, vendors and service providers that can provide assistance with graphics and presentations. There are too many technological advances to list, but include enhanced picture quality, new features on standard graphics, animation, custom-made graphics, and audio and visual presentations that bring issues ‘to life’. In addition to programs and software that can be purchased and used by parties and counsel themselves, a variety of service providers have emerged that aim to assist counsel in developing their presentations and graphics, as well as running the graphics and evidence presentations from the hearing room. Below are some providers of presentation/graphics tools and services.

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.