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James Bridgeman, C.Arb

President 2018


James Bridgeman is a practising barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and certified mediator. He holds practising certificates as a barrister both in Ireland and in England and Wales.

His practice, with a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR is based at the Law Library Dublin and 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, London.

He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators nominated by the Irish government. He has received appointments in international disputes from WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague) and KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur).

He is an accredited mediator (Mediators Institute of Ireland) and served for a number of years on the Council of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, including a term as Vice-Chair.

He is a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales (formerly known as the ADR sub-committee).

He is an associate lecturer on the Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration, Trinity College Dublin.

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Thomas Halket

Thomas Halket, FCIArb, C.Arb

Deputy President 2018


A Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Tom Halket has been an arbitrator and mediator for over 30 years. 

Tom practices law in the State of New York, dividing his time between his corporate and commercial technology law practice, his arbitration and mediation work both as counsel and neutral and law school teaching. He is a partner at Halket Weitz LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law where he teaches courses on International Arbitration, on Licensing, on Commercial Technology and IP Transactions and on Entrepreneurship Law. 

In addition to being CIArb’s Deputy President, he is currently on the Institute’s Board of Management and is Chair of its New York Branch. 

Tom has taught many courses both for the Chartered Institute as well as other professional organisations.  Tom has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School for more than ten years. When he was Vice Chair of the CIArb New York Branch, he was instrumental in the establishment of the week-long Columbia/ CIArb international arbitration course and he continues to act as a and faculty member for the course. 

Tom is currently writing a book on the arbitration of IP disputes in the U.S.  Tom holds a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and bachelors and master’s degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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