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To be a digital arbitrator, you have to be ready for all the curveballs the industry has to offer. What better way to do this than by having all the right tools at the onset of your digital arbitration career?

Are you ready to be a full-fledged digital arbitrator? Follow along and we’ll show you a checklist of things you need to get started:

Five Years of Experience

A key component of becoming a digital arbitrator is to first have extensive knowledge in the field of arbitration. With a strong foundation, arbitrators can easily move towards a more digital approach.

At Jur, we believe that at least five years of experience in the field of arbitration is needed in order to make a smooth transition to digital. This amount of time will allow you to get enough practice in the field to understand the value of going digital and how it could help optimize your existing processes. Additionally, your experience will help you to eliminate the need to spend a lot of time learning the ropes of the business, and focus on learning the digital tools (which are intuitive to begin with, more on that later).

Laptop & Stable Internet Connection

Obviously, a laptop and a good internet connection are needed to become a digital arbitrator, so those are part of this checklist. But what particular gadgets are good enough?

We suggest a laptop that runs an operating system you’re comfortable with, be it Windows, Mac, Linux, or what have you. Since you will possibly be working with lots of documents and spreadsheets, a laptop with 8GB RAM would suffice as a digital arbitrator. As for the internet connection, at least 40 mbps speed or 4G/LTE should be enough to handle virtual meetings and hearings.

A Digital Arbitration Platform

It’s critical for a digital arbitrator to be supported by tools that will help ensure fair appointments, simplified arbitration procedures, and secure processes. Fortunately, Jur is launching such a service — the Jur Arbitration Platform.

The Jur Arbitration Platform is an UNCITRAL Model Law compliant online tool that combines legal arbitration processes with innovative digital technology. It features automated recordkeeping and intuitive administrative functions, simplifying the time-consuming document filing process… 

On top of this, a smart appointment service powered by tech algorithms provides a truly transparent and fair selection. The system randomly selects from a roster of highly-vetted arbitrators who are then presented to the party. By doing this, you as an arbitrator get a fair shot at getting appointments — a revolutionary and much-needed feature in today’s arbitration landscape.

We are all excited to launch the Jur Arbitration Platform this coming fall, so do watch out for that.

Proper Training

Now that you have the experience and tools, it’s also important to get a good understanding about the latest best practices in digital arbitration.

To do this, we highly recommend getting additional training which you can get from a wide array of places. There are numerous organizations that offer courses such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), chaired by our good friend Ben Giaretta C.Arb.

For the latest in legal tech, you may want to check out the Legal Technology & Innovation Certificate. This features a practical certificate course led by industry experts including Jur.

Vast Network

Sophie Nappert, a leading international arbitration expert, shared with us how important it is to know your market and to market yourself well. By doing so, you can grow your network and thus, your practice.

Since it’s harder to create lasting relationships through digital means, it’s important to have a vast network to ensure that you can maintain and foster the relationships you already have. Luckily, the Jur Arbitration Platform is also home to a network of modern arbitrators who are all working towards the same goal — empowering more businesses through arbitration.

Project Management Tools

This one’s a bit more general since different kinds of tools work with different people.

Some use physical calendars with checklists to complement their digital ones, while others go full-digital and use more online task management apps to help organize their workload. Whatever it is that works for you, ensure that you have a robust project management tool.

If you still haven’t decided, don’t worry because the Jur Arbitration Platform is also equipped with automated processing so you have a clear overview of your workload per case with no hassle.

The world is changing fast, and as a digital arbitrator, it’s important to always be on the lookout for the latest and best practices in the industry. Make sure that you have all these locked and loaded to have a smooth ascent to your digital arbitration career.

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