What is Conflict Checker?
Jus Mundi is revolutionizing how we gather information on arbitrators and how quickly we conduct conflict checks.
Conflict Checker is Jus Mundi's latest feature. It allows users to instantly identify current and past relationships between arbitrators, counsel, and parties. This feature provides a simpler and more efficient due diligence mechanism, thereby mitigating or avoiding conflicts of interest.
What database does the Conflict Checker rely on?
The Conflict Checker relies on a Jus Mundi database that is the most comprehensive database of international arbitration awards and case-related documents and information. The database is weekly updated and currently includes:
- 1,374 ISDS cases, involving 858 arbitrators, 7,043 lawyers, 1028 law firms, and 153 States;
- 1,465 Inter-State cases, involving 684 arbitrators, judges, WTO panelists, 2,461 lawyers, 743 law firms, and 170 States;
- 1,277 IUSCT and Mixed Claims Commissions cases, involving 64 arbitrators, 793 lawyers, and 241 law firms; and
- 1,614 ICC Commercial Arbitration cases, involving 1,745 arbitrators. The majority of these cases were collected directly from the ICC Arbitral Tribunal database.
Why is the Conflict Checker important to my due diligence search?
The Conflict Checker is the most comprehensive and time-efficient tool allowing you to quickly gather information on arbitrators and check for potential conflicts of interest.
The Conflict Checker provides users with a comprehensive list of relationships between the individuals involved in any given case, whether the relationship is recent, old, direct, or indirect. Given that parties can conduct a conflict search for both direct and indirect relationships, the scope of searchable relationships is much broader than the scenarios set out in the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest in International Arbitration
Please note that the Conflict Checker function does not, as of yet, apply to experts.
What relationships can I verify using the Conflict Checker?
The Conflict Checker identifies both direct and indirect relationships.
A direct relationship is one between individuals, firms, or States in the same arbitration case or document.
An indirect relationship means that the law firm (current or former) of an individual in question, or other individuals who have worked or are working for the firm or State in question, have been involved in the same arbitration case.
Who should use the Conflict Checker?
- If you are a lawyer, to confirm that no conflict of interest exists with an arbitrator you wish to appoint or with an arbitrator an opposing party wishes to appoint;
- If you are a co-arbitrator, to confirm that no conflict of interest exists with an arbitrator you wish to nominate as the president or chairman of the tribunal; and
- To confirm an arbitrator's caseload.