Bias could be the next arbitral game-changer according to leading experts attending this year’s Paris Arbitration Week (PAW), who said the issue of bias has come to light in recent cases and through growing empirical evidence.

In April, a failed appeal by Galeries Lafayette to set aside a €680 million International Arbitration Court (ICC) on grounds of arbitrator bias, and a similar failure last year to remove an arbitrator by Halliburton Co. at the English Supreme Court, are both cases that have prompted renewed discussion among arbitration experts on whether a bias issue exists in arbitration.

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