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You’ve Just Been Named Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal: Step Up to the Challenge of This Important Role

You’ve Just Been Named Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal: Step Up to the Challenge of This... You’ve Just Been Named Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal: Step Up to the Challenge of This Important Role Raymond G. Bender Arbitrators are comfortable serving in commercial cases as a sole arbitrator or a “wing” arbitrator on three-member panels. Suddenly, however, you may be confronted with a new and different challenge—you are asked to serve as the Chair of a three-member arbitral tribunal. What responsibilities must you assume as Chair, and how will they differ from those of a sole or wing Arbitrator? What expectations will the parties, counsel, and co-arbitrators have of you as you assume the role of Chair? What expectations will you set for yourself, professionally and personally, in this new and different position? The author explores these issues and offers some reflections based on his own experience as sole arbitrator, wing arbitrator, and tribunal Chair in complex commercial arbitrations. Prior arbitration experience can be helpful to inform a first-time Chair concerning best practices for conducting each phase of a case from the pre- liminary hearing to issuance of an award. Lawyer-advocates in arbitration, for example, gain keen insight concerning the management styles of various Chairs, although lawyer-advocates are not present behind-the-scenes to ob- serve the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dispute Resolution Journal Kluwer Law International

You’ve Just Been Named Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal: Step Up to the Challenge of This Important Role

Dispute Resolution Journal , Volume 75 (2): 36 – Apr 1, 2020

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You’ve Just Been Named Chair of an Arbitration Tribunal: Step Up to the Challenge of This Important Role Raymond G. Bender Arbitrators are comfortable serving in commercial cases as a sole arbitrator or a “wing” arbitrator on three-member panels. Suddenly, however, you may be confronted with a new and different challenge—you are asked to serve as the Chair of a three-member arbitral tribunal. What responsibilities must you assume as Chair, and how will they differ from those of a sole or wing Arbitrator? What expectations will the parties, counsel, and co-arbitrators have of you as you assume the role of Chair? What expectations will you set for yourself, professionally and personally, in this new and different position? The author explores these issues and offers some reflections based on his own experience as sole arbitrator, wing arbitrator, and tribunal Chair in complex commercial arbitrations. Prior arbitration experience can be helpful to inform a first-time Chair concerning best practices for conducting each phase of a case from the pre- liminary hearing to issuance of an award. Lawyer-advocates in arbitration, for example, gain keen insight concerning the management styles of various Chairs, although lawyer-advocates are not present behind-the-scenes to ob- serve the

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Published: Apr 1, 2020

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