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Commonwealth International Arbitration Study

The Commonwealth Secretariat is conducting a Study on challenges to accessing international commercial arbitration across the Commonwealth, and potential solutions. The Secretariat was requested to conduct the study by Senior Officials of Commonwealth Law Ministries at their meeting in London in October 2018.

The aim of the study is to understand the use of international commercial arbitration in addressing commercial disputes across the Commonwealth, as well as ways in which member countries may strengthen the accessibility and effectiveness of international commercial arbitration. The study will be authored by a group of distinguished arbitration experts, advised by a task force representing arbitration expertise from every region of the Commonwealth.

The Study is expected to be completed for consideration at the meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers in late 2019.

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Invitation to participate

The Commonwealth Secretariat invites all of the following to provide input to the Study through completion of a questionnaire by 10 May 2019:



Please select the appropriate respondent group in order to be directed to the online survey instrument.  


Please direct all enquiries concerning the Commonwealth Arbitration Study to [email protected]

Study team

The expert authors of the study are Prof Petra Butler (University of Victoria), Gary Born (WilmerHale), Robert Griffiths QC (Six Pump Court), Audley Sheppard QC (Clifford Chance), and Funke Adekoya (AÉLEX).

Working closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the group are supported by Executive Secretary Dharshini Prasad (WilmerHale) and the study task force: Nania Owusu-Ankomah Sackey (Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah), Anthony Daimsis (University of Ottowa), Tejas Karia (Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Co.), Jan Yves Remy (University of the West Indies), Mahesh Rai (Drew & Napier LLC), Kamal Shah (Stephenson Harwood), Ana Tuiketei (Barrister, Fiji), and Emilia Onyema (SOAS University of London).