In this podcast Michelle Butler interviews Judge James Crawford on arbitral appointments. The way in which arbitrators are appointed, and the qualities which make a good arbitrator, are hugely important issues in international dispute resolution. Judge Crawford discusses a range of topical issues such as:
- the respective roles of presiding and party-appointed arbitrators;
- whether arbitrators need specific expertise in the subject-matter of the dispute;
- the personal qualities which make an effective arbitrator;
- threats to arbitral independence;
- the dynamics of a tribunal’s deliberations;
- the proliferation of arbitral proceedings in recent years, and the respective roles of the ICJ and ad hoc tribunals;
- the factors which influence States in their choice of court or tribunal; and
- potential reforms in the arbitral world.
Judge James Crawford, International Court of Justice
Judge Crawford was appointed to the International Court of Justice in February 2015. He was previously a member of Matrix Chambers and the Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge.
Michelle Butler, Matrix
Michelle is a barrister at Matrix specialising in public international law, international criminal law and human rights.
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