As global commerce has expanded, international arbitrations have increased in number, scope, and scale. Recent figures indicate that the number of international arbitrations has doubled over less than five years. That upward trend is set to continue.
At Thompson & Knight, we are acutely aware of international arbitration's increasing importance to our clients. We believe, moreover, that they deserve as much advice before an arbitration has been filed as after. That is why our approach to arbitration is different: we believe in careful, thoughtful preparation of any arbitration clause that may become the subject of a dispute.
We also believe our transactional lawyers have a critical role to play not only in that preparation but also in the conduct of arbitrations themselves. For that reason, our international arbitration group, unlike that of virtually any other firm, cuts across our transactional and dispute resolution practice groups.
We understand that arbitration is not a mere variant of US litigation. Differing cultures, languages, and legal systems contribute to a practice that is neither the entirely adversarial system familiar to common law practitioners nor the exclusively inquisitorial approach favored in civil law jurisdictions. Arbitration has developed a culture of its own. It is one that we appreciate and to which we are sensitive.
Our lawyers have conducted arbitrations under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. We have appeared in proceedings under the Rules of the ICC; ICDR (AAA); LCIA; ICSID; CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Swedish Chamber of Commerce; JAMS; Iran-US Claims Tribunal; WTO.