Lazareff Le Bars is pleased to announce the launch of its newly revamped satellite website, International Arbitration Law (“IAL”), www.internationalarbitrationlaw.com, and the addition of a brand new arbitration blog.
Initially created under the auspices of Lazareff Le Bars and its US partner firm, Girard Gibbs, IAL provides information on different types of arbitration and forums worldwide, as well as key texts, including rules for a number of arbitral institutions.
Since 2016, Lazareff Le Bars has taken the lead in creating a new version of IAL that now includes additional resources, as well as an updated look and sleek design. The revamped website also introduces a new blog (http://internationalarbitrationlaw.com/blog/) which aims to put forth innovative thinking and cast different perspectives on current issues in arbitration, and ultimately generate new solutions for practitioners and investors around the globe.
In its initial phase, the blog’s contributors will include lawyers from Lazareff Le Bars and a small contingent from Girard Gibbs, as well as a group of hand-picked academics. The IAL editors expect the circle of blog contributors to increase in the coming months.
“I think the IAL blog will play a unique role in the arbitration arena because we intend to endorse creative thinking and new ideas that spark reflection on the way professionals and investors approach arbitration. The world of arbitration is really exciting right now because it is constantly evolving and is increasingly a preferred option for dispute resolution. In some areas, it is like a blank canvas; the potential to structure and influence the practice of arbitration is enormous”, says Benoit Le Bars, managing partner at Lazareff Le Bars.
Given the current increase in arbitration cases around the world and the expectation that that trend will only continue, Lazareff Le Bars believes that the launch of the new satellite website and blog is right on point and will be a welcome resource. Visitors can use the website not only to locate practical information and new insights on arbitration, but also to access legal specialists should they need to.
Le Bars adds, “Global demand for international arbitration has significantly increased with the expansion and globalization of cross-border investment and trade. We think that IAL will provide an essential and sought out resource for practitioners, as well as clients and investors contemplating arbitration.”
The continuous advancement of arbitral practices around the world has also yielded positive economic benefits for states perceived as “arbitration friendly”, and Lazareff Le Bars believes that by acting as a resource for information on arbitration, the firm and IAL can play an active role in this regard.
“Investment and arbitration really go hand in hand, and there is an obvious correlation between the two, says Le Bars. Gained trust in arbitration institutions has made business players less hesitant to engage in complex commercial relationships involving businesses, investors and states and, as a result, the local economy benefits. Our motivation to provide information and forward thinking on arbitration via IAL, also stems from our desire to stimulate business and investment generally, particularly in underdeveloped regions.”