Standards of independence and impartiality in the context of international commercial arbitration


  • Anh Thuy Dung Nguyen*


In this day and age, international commercial arbitration is widely regarded as an effective alternative dispute resolution mechanism, voluntarily chosen by a majority of parties. However, a pertinent question arises: why do an increasing number of international businesses prefer international commercial arbitration over national courts to resolve commercial cases? Apart from the efficiency and convenience that international arbitration provides, the arbitrator's professional ethics play a crucial role in maintaining the credibility and legitimacy of the process. Therefore, to bolster parties' trust in international arbitration, it is imperative to uphold the requirement of independence and impartiality of arbitrators throughout the arbitration procedure. Specifically, the arbitrator plays an important role in giving effective awards in the arbitral proceeding. Hence, each arbitrator is required to be independent and impartial so that the arbitrator's award is not questioned on the ground of lacking fairness. Furthermore, in order for the appointment process to operate smoothly, the independence and impartiality of arbitrators will be challenged in the relationships with the parties or the parties' lawyers.


impartiality, independence, international commercial arbitration


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Author Biography

Anh Thuy Dung Nguyen

Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, United Kingdom




Received 22 May 2023; revised 25 July 2023; accepted 27 July 2023

How to Cite

Anh Thuy Dung Nguyen. (2023). Standards of independence and impartiality in the context of international commercial arbitration. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 65(2), 85-92.