top of page

Wed, 02 Sept



CADRIn Connect Webinar: Arbitrator Independence and Impartiality

The independence and impartiality of an arbitral tribunal are crucial to the legitimacy of the process. In this webinar, leading experts Mr Murray Smith (Canada) and Ms Tammi Pilgrim (Barbados) will examine the impact of these ideologies in practice.

Registration is Closed
See other events
CADRIn Connect Webinar: Arbitrator Independence and Impartiality
CADRIn Connect Webinar: Arbitrator Independence and Impartiality

Date, Time & Location

02 Sept 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT-4


Event Details

Murray L. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in 1973 and Bachelor of Laws in 1976 from the University of Windsor and his Master of Laws in International Business Law from the London School of Economics in 1989. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1977 and qualified as an English Barrister in 1990. Mr. Smith has extensive experience as a commercial arbitrator under AAA, ICDR, ICC, BCICAC and UNCITRAL Rules. His work has focused on energy and natural resource disputes, construction disputes, technology disputes and the interpretation of commercial contracts generally. He has lengthy experience in international commercial arbitration training and legal writing in England, Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.  He collaborated with Martin Hunter and Allan Redfern in writing the leading text “Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration”, 2nd ed. He is a founding member of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Western Canadian Commercial Arbitrators Society. Mr. Smith is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the BVI International Arbitration Centre.

During his presentation, Mr Smith will talk about the evolution of the test for an apprehension of arbitrator bias from Lord Hewart's famous dictum in R. v. Sussex Justices (1924) K.B. 256 at 259 that: "... justice should not only be done but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done"  and the case law decided under Section 23 of the English Arbitration Act 1950 establishing a reasonable suspicion of bias test to the more recent conception that there can only be justifiable doubts as to an arbitrator's independence or impartiality if there is a real danger of bias. He will compare the different approaches taken in common law countries including Australia, Canada, England and the United States and the civil law approach taken in France. He will also raise the question of whether or not the test applied on an application to disqualify an arbitrator for bias early on in the proceedings will be the same as the test applied on an application to set aside a final award because the arbitrator was not impartial or independent.

Tammi C. Pilgrim is an international arbitration and dispute resolution specialist, and the lead partner for arbitration at Lex Caribbean. Her practice focuses on arbitration (domestic and international), as well as commercial litigation in contract disputes, shareholders’ and investment disputes, construction disputes, insurance and restructuring matters, finance disputes, and cross-border relief/assistance matters. She has participated in investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and LMAA arbitration rules. Tammi has an LL.M in International Legal Studies (with Distinction) from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. She is admitted to practice in Barbados, St. Lucia, New York and St. Kitts and Nevis.

In her presentation, Ms. Pilgrim will discuss arbitrator independence and impartiality in the cultural context of the Commonwealth Caribbean, particularly in cases of known associations, whether the test applied in cases of judicial disqualification in the Caribbean mirrors that applied in relation to private arbitration tribunals, and, finally, how attorneys and arbitrators alike can support a culture of tribunal independence and impartiality.

Moderated by CADRIn co-founder, Shan M. Greer, this session will draw on our experts' extensive experience in the field and will include an interactive Q&A following the main presentation. 

Another invaluable opportunity to put your questions and comments directly to the experts. Please join us!

Share This Event

Event Info: Events


Master Logo Color BVI IAC.png
Higgs & Johnson.png
ciarb Bahamas Branch_Colour logo (1)_edited[67].jpg
Burford Logos (all colors)[70].png
bottom of page