Pledge for Greener Arbitration

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Green-Arbitration-PledgeThe aptly named Lucy Greenwood is promoting the idea of a Pledge for Greener Arbitrations. Excellent idea – here it is:

  • At all times during the arbitration I will consider and question the need to fly;

  • At all times during the arbitration I will only correspond through electronic means unless hard copy correspondence is expressly required in the circumstances;

  • As an arbitrator, I will not request hard copies of documents to be provided to me;

  • As an arbitrator, I will discourage the use of hard copy bundles in hearing rooms;

  • As an arbitrator, I will suggest, and as counsel I will consider, where appropriate, that witnesses give evidence through video-link rather than attend hearings in person;

  • I will review the level of air conditioning in hearing rooms;

  • As an arbitrator, I will not travel unnecessarily to deliberate with my co-arbitrators, and will use screen sharing/video technology instead;

  • As counsel, I will not travel unnecessarily to conduct fact finding or other interviews with witnesses and will use screen sharing/video technology instead where appropriate;

  • I will offset the carbon emissions of any flights I make to arbitration hearings.

To take the pledge, klick here!

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Cross-Border Risks & Opportunities in Emerging Technology – The ADR Challenge, London, 12 July 2018

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