For more than eight years, the Energy Arbitrators List has provided ready access to leading energy arbitrators from around the world. The List’s newly reconstituted Review Committee met in May in simultaneous, web-connected meetings hosted in Houston and London to kick off a global roster review and to plan significant improvements to the List’s organization and usability.
The Energy Arbitrators’ List is a no-cost, online, word-searchable database of leading arbitrators with expertise in energy disputes. Created in 2004 by the energy industry and arbitration attorneys that it serves, the List serves as a tool to assist parties in energy-related cases in selecting arbitrators with relevant experience.
“All aspects of global energy demands naturally create a growing number of disputes. The updated Energy Arbitrators List will include the world’s preeminent energy arbitrators. The arbitrators selected for inclusion have deep experience in energy issues from exploration and production to end-user delivery. These leaders understand how the overall energy system works and what demands must be met by intra and extra industry parties,” said Juliet Blanch of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and chair of the Energy List Review Committee. “I’m proud to chair the Review Committee, which sets the criteria for listing and monitors compliance with them.”
The List identifies arbitrators with broad experience in an array of energy disputes and includes attorneys and experts from business and technical disciplines within the energy industry. Managed by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the international division of the American Arbitration Association, the Energy Arbitrators List may be found at http://energyarbitratorslist.icdr.org.
Kevin O’Gorman of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., also a Committee vice-chair, says that because energy exploration, production and distribution continue to grow at an exceptional pace around the world, the Energy Arbitrators List and the work the Review Committee is doing to keep it current are especially important.
Mark Appel, ICDR’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says his organization is well suited to manage the list. “The ICDR-AAA works closely with an array of industries to tailor dispute resolution solutions, including data-driven online administrative and technical support, to specific industry needs. We are proud to have the privilege of contributing to the success of the Energy Arbitrators List. It is a tangible service with value to many,” Mr. Appel said.