Deepwater Horizon Case Could Steer Arbitrator Bias Rules

Law360 (June 7, 2019, 10:56 AM EDT) -- A closely watched case pending before the U.K. Supreme Court presents a rare opportunity for the justices to offer guidance to arbitral institutions across the globe on the extent of an arbitrator's obligation to disclose potential conflicts of interest.

The scope of an arbitrator’s duty to disclose is a question that is often debated in the arbitral community. Arbitrators are typically chosen by the parties for their expertise and knowledge in a field, but at what point does that expertise mean that the arbitrator might have some preconceived ideas about how a case might be decided? How might the facts the...

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