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QMUL and White and Case LLP launch sixth global arbitration survey

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) today announced details of the sixth International Arbitration Survey, sponsored by global law firm White and Case LLP.

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The survey, which builds on previous reports, seeks to present a comprehensive picture of the perceptions and experiences of the global arbitration community. This year’s survey focuses particularly on improvements and innovations in international arbitration in recent years.

Previous reports are highly regarded internationally by practitioners, academics and expert commentators within and outside the arbitration sector. The survey will revisit a number of the themes of the 2010 report to allow trend analysis in the intervening years.

Professor Loukas Mistelis, Director of the School of International Arbitration (SIA) at QMUL, said:

“The 2015 survey builds on the experience of the QMUL School of International Arbitration as an agenda-setter and research leader in the field. All stakeholders are invited to share their perspectives and experiences - including private practitioners, in-house counsel, consultants, and academics. This year we will focus particularly on improvements and innovations within a community that has faced significant change during the last five years.”

White & Case partner Dipen Sabharwal said:

“We are pleased to be involved once more in the cutting-edge, empirical research carried out by the QMUL School of International Arbitration. Arbitration is now the dispute resolution method of choice for international business. It has to keep evolving to meet the needs of its wide community of users. We look forward to hearing those users’ views about whether recent innovations are addressing their needs and how international arbitration can be improved further.”

Rutger Metsch, White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration, will lead the project.

The survey will be open from 11 March 2015 until 8 May 2015, after which the focus will move to the qualitative, interview phase. The results of the survey will be launched in October 2015.

More information, and details of how to access the survey, is available on

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For media enquiries, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Mark Byrne
Public Relations Manager (Humanities & Social Sciences)
Queen Mary University of London
T: +44 (0)20 7882 5378
M: +44 (0)78 1590 2560

Andrew Rieley
EMEA Media Relations Specialist
White & Case LLP
T: +44 20 7532 2665
M: +44 78 5071 0822

About Rutger Metsch

Rutger Metsch joined the School of International Arbitration in February 2015 as the White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration. He is currently conducting research on the attitudes of various stakeholders in international arbitration towards (proposed) innovations of the field.

Before joining the SIA, Rutger interned at the arbitration department of Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong, after obtaining an LLM (Distinction) in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary University of London in 2014. Prior to that, Rutger graduated from the LLB (honours) programme in International and European Law at the University of Groningen, of which he completed a semester at the University of Vienna.

About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK’s leading universities, and one of the largest institutions in the University of London, with 20,260 students from more than 150 countries. A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research - in the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014).

About White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 38 offices across 26 countries. Among the first US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence, we provide counsel and representation in virtually every area of law that affects cross-border business. Our clients value both the breadth of our global network and the depth of our US, English and local law capabilities in each of our regions and rely on us for their complex cross-border transactions, as well as their representation in arbitration and litigation proceedings.



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