What is arbitration?
Arbitration is a formal, private and binding process where disputes are resolved by a final award made by one or more independent arbitrators.
The process of arbitrator is a faster, simpler and less expensive alternative to litigation. The parties involved in a dispute must consent to arbitration and the arbitrator(s) to be used may be agreed on by the parties or nominated by an independent body.
Who can become an arbitrator?
Anyone can become an arbitrator. While many arbitrators work in the legal profession, many do not and come from various professional and technical backgrounds; arbitration is a secondary profession. The arbitrator has a judicial role in listening to the facts and evidence presented by the parties, applying the relevant law and issuing a final award.
Parties will often seek someone who has the core skills required for an arbitrator and has experience in the area of business that the dispute has arisen in, thereby understanding its complexities.
How can I become an arbitrator?
The first step to becoming an arbitrator is to undertake training courses.
CIArb has a Pathways Programme in Domestic Arbitration and International Arbitration which covers the law of obligations, the law of arbitration, arbitration practice and procedure and award writing. Fast track assessment programmes are available for legal professionals with experience in arbitration.