GAR Volume 14 - Issue 5
In 2017, GAR ran a report by Paul Cohen and Sophie Nappert that addressed the impact of artificial intelligence on international arbitration.
That piece, entitled “March of the Robots”, envisaged a future where artificial intelligence meets international arbitration and technology potentially supplants the role of arbitrators, counsel and experts.
Two years on, with the rate of technological innovation continuing apace, Cohen and Nappert have combined once again to write “Robots Redux” – where they explain blockchain, augmented reality and quantum computing and predict their future impact on the arbitral process, arguing that lawyers must act now to address those challenges. Meanwhile, Canadian arbitrator Yves Fortier QC has used a lecture in Washington, DC to invoke the “cola wars” of the 1980s to argue that arbitration should resist calls to change the beloved formula that is the key to its success.
We also feature coverage of our GAR Live events in Atlanta, Frankfurt and Vienna – including discussion of commercial arbitration and its critics, arbitrator fees and the impact of economic sanctions on the arbitral process.
Finally, we remember Luiz Olavo Baptista, a pioneer of arbitration in Brazil who also served as president of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, who died in October at the age of 81.
In this magazine:
GAR Live: Atlanta
GAR Live: Frankfurt
GAR Live: Vienna
Fortier on the cola wars