3.2. What Makes a Good Arbitrator?

Thursday, May 16
17:00 - 19:00

Hall #1, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)


Arbitration is only as good as the arbitrators are – this idea has been widely accepted by the arbitration community today. But what makes for a good arbitrator?

An opportunity to select an arbitrator is one of the greatest benefits of arbitration: whether relying on the parties’ choice or the list system, it allows parties to choose an arbitrator with the qualifications tailored to the specifics of their dispute. There are numerous factors that quite often influence the process of the selection of an arbitrator.

The session will examine the following sets of practical considerations:

  • When does a dispute require an appointment of an arbitrator with specific professional background as a former judge, a practitioner, a specialist with business knowledge of a particular sphere? When do gender and age matter and to what extent?
  • What steps should parties take in order to choose an arbitrator for a particular dispute?
  • How does a good arbitrator prepare for a hearing? What technics arbitrators use to ensure the efficiency of arbitration?
  • Should an arbitral award be detailed with respect to every argument of the parties?
  • What can be advisable to do if a wing arbitrator is battling too hard for one of the parties?
  • The use of the tribunal’s secretary: how not to overstep?

The discussion aims to provide the audience with the practical guidelines and tools that would facilitate the process of appointment of arbitrators as well as arbitral proceedings in general.

The participants of the discussion are leading Russian and foreign specialists in arbitration, practitioners, in-house counsels, arbitrators, former and acting judges.


Anna Grishchenkova

Partner, Attorneys at Law KIAP


Nayla Comair-Obeid

Senior Partner, Obeid Law Firm

Dame Elizabeth Gloster

International Arbitrator, One Essex Court


Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time commercial arbitrator. She has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, banking, energy, construction, joint venture and investment disputes.

Neil Kaplan

International Arbitrator, Professor of the City University of Hong Kong

Marat Khasanov

Partner, PARADIGMA Legal Group

Roman Khodykin

Visiting Professor of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London

Stefan Kroell

Honorary Professor – Director of the Center for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School, Director of the Willem C. Vis Arbitration Moot

Dominic Pellew

Partner, Dentons

* The Programme may be subject to change