If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking…

Article for the Journal of International Arbitration, by Nathalie Allen, Leonor Diaz Cordova* & Natalie Hall

The popularity and longevity of international arbitration depends heavily on the quality of arbitral awards, the arbitral process, and the tribunals appointed by practitioners and institutions.

In this article, the authors argue that practitioners and institutions need to consider a more diverse range of candidates for arbitrator appointments, to enlarge and diversify the pool of arbitrators. Not only does diversity make sense from an ethical standpoint, but research has also shown that increased cognitive diversity is required to reduce the risk of biased decision making and improve the quality of awards.

More cognitively diverse arbitral tribunals are therefore necessary to preserve the continued legitimacy and success of international arbitration.

To read the full article click here: Cognitive diversity article

*Leonor Diaz Cordova is the Group Director of Legal Services for CT Group. To discuss the contents of this article in more detail please email Leonor on [email protected] 

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