Updated Online Energy Arbitrators List Goes Live
International Centre for Dispute Resolution Streamlines Ease-of-Use Function for Global Audience
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR®) has revamped the web site of the Energy Arbitrators List (EAL). The EAL is a no-cost, online, word-searchable list of arbitrators with wide-ranging experience in international energy disputes. The EAL was created by an ad hoc industry group over nine years ago as a tool to assist parties in the selection of arbitrators, an important step in the arbitral process. The fully updated site is available at http://www.energyarbitratorslist.com.
“Choosing the right arbitrator may be the single most important decision parties make in the arbitration process”
The EAL allows users to search for arbitrators with experience in 13 separate industry categories. The list is also searchable by geographic area or expertise. Parties seeking administrative assistance by way of enhanced list-selection or conflicts-checking procedures can do so by requesting administrative services from the ICDR on a fee-paid basis.
“Choosing the right arbitrator may be the single most important decision parties make in the arbitration process,” said Mark Appel, ICDR Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, which manages and administers the site. “That decision is easier, more efficient, and better informed today with the re-launch of the EAL.”
Kevin O’Gorman, Co-Chair of the EAL Steering Committee and international arbitration partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, TX, adds “The EAL has been a resource to find the world’s leading energy arbitrators for almost a decade. The revolutionary aspect of this comprehensive update is the search capabilities. Parties and co-arbitrators now can easily identify experienced arbitrators in a wide variety of energy categories–ranging from core upstream contracts to power generation to downstream disputes.”
An independent review committee of industry leaders and legal experts from around the world has facilitated the identification and vetting of arbitrators on the updated EAL. According to Juliet Blanch, Chair of the EAL Steering Committee and partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in London, UK, “There has been increasing concern that some arbitrators are appointed on the basis of the 'old boys network' rather than reflecting the true qualifications and experience of the potential candidates. The EAL’s unique selection process was specifically designed to ensure only those with significant and relevant experience would be listed, enabling parties to appoint an arbitrator with complete confidence that the candidate had the required expertise. Members of the review committee were picked not just because of each member’s pre-eminence in the energy industry, but also to reflect the broad diversity as to nationality, practice, age, and gender, which is the reality of today’s energy industry.”
Over his career as outside and corporate counsel, EAL Co-Chair Tom Sikora has amassed significant experience in constituting tribunals. He observes: “The EAL can alleviate some of the costs and delays encountered in arbitration by allowing users to quickly identify an experienced energy arbitrator. And the appointed arbitrator will be familiar with that type of dispute without needing to learn the issues for the first time. The value of the EAL in this regard is self-evident.”
About the American Arbitration Association
The not-for-profit American Arbitration Association® (AAA®) has administered approximately 4.1 million alternative dispute resolution (ADR) cases since its founding 88 years ago. With 23 offices in the United States, in addition to Mexico, Singapore, and Bahrain, the AAA provides organizations of all sizes in virtually every industry with ADR services and products. The AAA’s international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR®), extends the AAA’s quality legacy globally. For more information, visit www.adr.org.
About the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
As the global component of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) handled nearly 1,165 cases in 2013. Established in 1996, the ICDR serves parties in more than 80 countries with a staff fluent in 14 languages. Through 650 independent arbitrators and mediators, ICDR provides a flexible, party-centered process over a broad range of industries and geopolitical issues. For more information, visit www.icdr.org.