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QMUL and White and Case launch international arbitration survey

The Centre for Commercial Legal Studies (CCLS) at QMUL has launched its 2018 International Arbitration Survey, carried out in conjunction with Global law firm White & Case LLP.

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This fourth edition of the survey will focus on the evolution of international arbitration: comparing trends over recent years, exploring current perceptions and revealing what users want from the international arbitration system in the future.

White & Case partner, Dipen Sabharwal, comments: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the QMUL School of International Arbitration on our fourth empirical survey on international arbitration.  Arbitration is the natural choice for resolving business disputes because it is able rapidly to evolve in response to the needs of its users. We look forward to exploring how arbitration has evolved over recent years and what its users expect for the future.”


The survey aims to explore the sentiment of the international arbitration community as a whole and will therefore gather views from a wide and diverse pool of stakeholders - including private practitioners, in-house counsel, academics and those with experience working for arbitral institutions.

Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law at QMUL added:  “In the last 30 years, the field of international arbitration has evolved on a great scale and in a number of ways, including in terms of legislation, jurisprudence and practice.

“The 2018 survey aims to undertake an empirical assessment of arbitration’s evolution and identify key areas of development. Importantly, the survey also aims to identify key innovations and factors that may impact on the future development of international arbitration, including the role of information technology. We are grateful for the continuing support of the arbitration community to our surveys, and we hope that responses to this year’s questionnaire will be as strong as ever.”

The survey questionnaire will be open from 10 October until 8 December 2017. In parallel, there will also be a qualitative, interview phase. The results will be launched in Spring 2018 in the form of a report, which will compare key findings from the questionnaire and interview research.

More information and details of how to access the survey is available here.

Contact details

If you would like to participate in an interview, please contact the White & Case Research Fellow in International Arbitration at QMUL, Adrian Hodis (


The survey and results are anonymous. All data collected will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

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