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GAR-CIArb index of seats - have your say on where should get top ratings

18 October 2017

GAR-CIArb index of seats - have your say on where should get top ratings

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Time is running out to have your say on who gets an AAA, AA, or A rating in the GAR-CIArb index of seats. Tell us who deserves an AAA, AA, or A rating! 

As revealed earlier this month,  GAR and the CIArb are collaborating on a new  index of seats. The index will use the “AAA, AA, A …” system pioneered by credit rating agencies, and the CIArb's "London principles" as the underlying yardstick.

The GAR-CIArb seat index will  appear every year.

To take part, visit our online survey. The survey has been reformatted to make it easier to use.

Everyone who leaves a contribution will go into a prize draw for GAR Live tickets (the winner receives two tickets a GAR Live next year of their choice.) 

The CIArb created its “London principles” in 2016 as part of its 100 year celebrations. The principles distil the essence of a ‘safe’ international arbitration seat. The committee behind the London Principles was led by Lord Goldsmith QC (of Debevoise & Plimpton) and CIArb companion Douglas Jones AO.

Edition one of the survey is evaluating Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Switzerland (both Geneva and Zurich).

New York has the most comments to date.

Further seats will be added in due course.

You can vote for which seats to add, at the end of the online survey.

Seats are being graded by a special panel consisting of Francísco Cossío (González de Cossío Abogados), Daniel Kalderimis (Chapman Tripp), Sae Youn Kim (Yulchon), Larry Schaner (Schaner Dispute Resolution) and Nathalie Voser (Schellenberg Wittmer), all convenened by professor Janet Walker (Arbitration Place). They will then provide a report to Jones and Goldsmith to take the final view, with input from an advisory committee.

The GAR-CIArb index will be published Spring 2018.

If you have any questions about the project, please write to GAR's publisher David Samuels (david.samuels @globalarbitrationreview.com).

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