Non-Lawyers in International Commercial Arbitration: Gathering Splinters on the Bench

Meason, James E., Smith, Alison G. | January 1, 1991

In light of the frequent appearance of arbitration clauses in international contracts, and the volume of litigation handled in this manner, international commercial arbitration’ has become a favorite subject of commentators who have primarily focused on the relative benefits of arbitration versus litigation and cross-institutional rules comparisons. One area that has received scant attention is the factors concerning the actual selection of particular individuals to serve as arbitrators. This article looks at how arbitrators are chosen today within the institutional context. Following this are general discussions of selected professions for indications of their members’ inherent suitability for and adaptability to arbitration.