Ready to take your skills as an arbitrator to the next level? Join Ciarb for our new series: The Learning Lab: Arbitrator Skills Development.  This six-part series of workshops has been designed to develop your arbitration management skills and equip you with the knowledge and confidence required to robustly handle every stage of arbitral proceedings. 

In every workshop in the Learning Lab series, you'll gain insights from leading professionals before applying your new knowledge and developing your practical skills in a small group session led by an experienced dispute resolution expert. This series is suitable for both seasoned arbitrators and arbitration practitioners who plan to start sitting as arbitrators in the future.  

This series will be hosted as six separate workshops on six consecutive Wednesdays from 15 May to 19 June, between 13:00-14:30 GMT+1. The workshop panel discussions (approximately 40 minutes) will be recorded and made available to registrants. The group work in breakout rooms (approximately 45 minutes) will not be recorded. View the full Terms and Conditions here. 

Special rates apply for Ciarb members- register now!

The workshops will focus on six key topics: 

15 May- First Impressions: Personal Branding and Terms of Appointment

Our first workshop will focus on beginnings and will equip you with the essential skills required to prepare comprehensive Terms of Appointment to govern your appointment as arbitrator. You will also develop your personal branding skills and learn some tips and tricks to help you build a successful practice as an arbitrator.

Session speakers: Ben Giaretta FCIArb; Nhu-Hoang Tran Thang; Maria Claudia Procopiak; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb. 

22 May- The Ethical Arbitrator: Conflict Conundrums and Tricky Challenges

Are you keen to avoid potential conflicts of interest and respond robustly to arbitrator challenges? Our second workshop will explore the ethical jungle of international arbitration, equipping you with the skills required to manage potential conflicts of interest and respond to tricky challenges, whether serving as presiding arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator.

Session speakers: Aarta Alkarimi C.Arb FCIArb; Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour; Can Yeğinsu; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb. 

29 May- Show and Tell: Making Robust Disclosures and Handling Arbitrator Interviews

What should an arbitrator disclose to parties, and when may arbitrator interviews be inappropriate? We will consider what an arbitrator should and should not share with parties, equipping you with the knowledge required to make robust disclosures to parties and recognise when to agree to be interviewed before appointment, and when it may not be appropriate.  

Session speakers: Sapna Jhangiani KC FCIArb; Karl Hennessee; Nancy M.Thevenin Esq FCIArb; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb. 

5 June- Starting Strong: Case and Time Management Tips for Arbitrators

Are you keen to hone your case management skills and learn how to manage arbitral proceedings robustly? Our fourth session will explore tribunal dynamics and equip you with the case and time management skills required to prepare comprehensive procedural orders and handle procedural developments with grace.

Session speakers: Dame Elizabeth Gloster; Napoleão Casado Filho; Delphine Ho; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb

12 June- The Show Must Go On: Managing Document Production, Evidence and Hearings

Are you keen to manage document production more efficiently and refine your evidence and hearing management skills? This session will give you the opportunity to put your evidence management skills to the test as you navigate a series of tricky document production and cross-examination scenarios.  

Session speakers: Phillip Aliker FCIArb; Sara Koleiat-Aranjo; Sir Gary Hickinbottom; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb. 

19 June- The Active Arbitrator: Combatting Guerrilla Tactics and Adopting Proactive Case Management Practices

Are you prepared to protect the integrity of the arbitral process in the face of guerrilla tactics? How proactive can you be as arbitrator? Rounding out the series, our final workshop will equip you with the skills required to differentiate between zealous advocacy and guerrilla tactics and how to handle problematic party conduct. You will also explore opportunities for arbitrator proactivity during arbitral proceedings, including when it is appropriate to encourage settlement.  

Session speakers: Ceci Azar; Shan Greer FCIArb; Sir Bernard Eder; Mercy McBrayer FCIArb; Amanda J. Lee FCIArb. 

After completing the workshops, you will be able to:

  • Draft clear and comprehensive Terms of Appointment
  • Understand the role of personal branding in building an arbitrator practice
  • Identify potential conflicts of interest
  • Respond to arbitrator challenges robustly
  • Successfully draft appropriate arbitrator disclosures  
  • Handle arbitrator interview requests appropriately  
  • Manage arbitral proceedings with greater confidence  
  • Draft comprehensive procedural orders  
  • Approach document production with greater confidence  
  • Manage the evidential process appropriately  
  • Recognise the difference between guerrilla tactics and zealous advocacy  
  • Identify opportunities for active case management  

Please note, times are listed in GMT+1 (British Summer Time).


Mercy McBrayer FCIArb

Mercy McBrayer FCIArb is Ciarb’s Head of Arbitration Professional Practice. Mercy is a United States qualified attorney (Texas) and certified mediator with experience as party counsel in commercial business litigation and arbitration. She is an assistant editor of the Ciarb Journal, a Teaching Fellow in international arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, a speaker and lecturer on issues of international arbitration and ADR, and moot coach.


Amanda J. Lee FCIArb

Amanda J. Lee FCIArb is a Consultant at Costigan King and sits as arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration proceedings. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law, UK. Amanda is a member of ArbitralWomen’s Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of INIAC, and the Peer Review Board of the American Review of International Arbitration, amongst other appointments. She is the founder of Careers in Arbitration and ARBalance.