NZLF International Dispute Resolution Lecture presented by Professor Catherine Rogers

03 December 2013
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Professor Catherine Rogers of Penn State Law and Queen Mary University of London gave the New Zealand Law Foundation International Dispute Resolution Lecture for 2013 at the Faculty on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

Speaking on the topic “A Window into the Soul of International Arbitration”, Professor Rogers gave us an up-close insight into the selection of the men and women who help to settle international commercial and investment disputes. Addressing arbitrator selection, she asked whether we really need to allow the parties to appoint their own arbitrators. Is their function essentially to serve as “devil’s advocate”, and could this function be fulfilled in other ways? Introducing the new International Arbitrator Information Project, Professor Rogers suggested that if we are to continue to use party-appointed arbitrators, it will be highly beneficial to create a publicly accessible database of potential arbitrators. If all parties can obtain more information about appointees this will level the playing field and improve fairness in international arbitration.

Professor Rogers finished by noting that New Zealanders are over-represented among leading arbitration specialists and then took diverse questions from the floor. Kristina Muller said a word on behalf of the Foundation and a vote of thanks was given by Daniel Kalderimis of Chapman Tripp.

The Faculties of Law at the University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington are grateful to the New Zealand Law Foundation for bringing Professor Rogers to New Zealand and funding her time with us. While here, Professor Rogers addressed diverse audiences in Auckland and Wellington on topics associated with international arbitration, including a luncheon hosted by Bankside Chambers and a live interview on her Jerusalem Arbitration Centre project.

Her remarks will prompt ongoing and fruitful discussion on the future of arbitration in New Zealand.  The New Zealand Law Foundation International Dispute Resolution Lecture for 2013 can be heard here: Lecture recording