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1 June 2017
SIAC Signs Cooperation Agreement with Arbitrator Intelligence

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with Arbitrator Intelligence (AI) to promote the use of the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire (AIQ).

AI is an entity affiliated with Penn State Law. Its mission is to promote fairness, transparency, accountability, and diversity in arbitrator selection and appointments. Its Founder and Executive Director is Catherine Rogers, a professor of law at Penn State Law and Queen Mary, University of London. The AI Board of Advisors includes the Honourable Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and Gary Born, President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

Developed by AI, the AIQ is a new feedback mechanism that will collect objective information and professional assessments of arbitrators' case management skills and decision making from users following the conclusion of their arbitrations. The consolidated anonymised data will be made available in individual arbitrator reports, and will be similar to the types of information that are currently available only on an anecdotal basis or through discussions with peers and colleagues.

Under the Cooperation Agreement, SIAC will encourage participation in the AIQ by sending out emails inviting its users to participate in the survey, at the conclusion of the international arbitrations that it administers. Participation in the AIQ is entirely voluntary, and the AIQ is structured to ensure that the confidentiality of the proceedings is strictly maintained.

SIAC will not have access to either the AIQ website or the responses of users. SIAC will only be inviting participation in the feedback mechanism for arbitrators who are appointed after 1 June 2017.

SIAC aims to promote transparency and diversity of arbitrator appointments by nationality and gender. In 2016, SIAC appointed 341 arbitrators from 21 jurisdictions, of which 44 (or 12.9%) were female arbitrators. SIAC hopes that its support of this initiative will result in objective, practical information becoming available to parties about arbitrators being considered for appointment.

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Singapore International Arbitration Centre
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