Stephen R. Bond


In short, an arbitrator must have what Professor Pierre Lalive has called the "ability to judge," which implies a capacity to evaluate conflicting statements of law and/or fact and to have the wisdom, courage and expertise to reach and render a decision in such a way that the parties - and perhaps most of all the losing party - will recognize both the essential fairness of the procedure and the futility of efforts to overturn the award or oppose its execution. Only when this occurs, as happens in about ninety percent of ICC cases, can arbitration truly achieve the relative economy, celerity and finality sought by the business community.