Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners

Advances in technology can be utilised by arbitration practitioners, parties and tribunal members to make international arbitrations more efficient, more cost-effective, more secure and more dynamic. Yet, because technology advances and changes so rapidly, many arbitration practitioners find themselves unable to keep abreast of new technology or are unsure as to whether and how such technology can be applied to their proceeding. 

The IBA Arb40 Subcommittee has endeavoured to take a first step towards making modern day technology more accessible to arbitration practitioners by gathering a list of currently available technological advances that can be used to augment or assist an international arbitration. We hope that this guide to Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners becomes a key reference for young and older arbitration practitioners alike.

Our sincere gratitude is expressed to all members of the IBA Arb40 Steering Committee who dedicated their valuable time to work on this guide, namely: Jennifer Permesly, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; Sarah McEachern, Borden Ladner Gervais; Hu Ke, Jingtian & Gongcheng; Anina Liebkind, Baker McKenzie; and Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law. Special thanks are due to Jennifer Permesly, who conceived the idea of a project relating to technology and who has been the driving force behind this guide.

Noradèle Radjai and André de A Cavalcanti Abbud
Co-Chairs, IBA Arb40 Subcommittee, March 2019

Select a category below for a summary of how the relevant technology might be used and several examples of vendors, software providers or companies that offer such technology.

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.

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