Commercial arbitration journal launched

Journal will publish articles, case comments, book reviews and essays on international and domestic arbitration

Commercial arbitration journal launched

A newly launched journal on arbitration will explore international as well as domestic commercial arbitration, including investment arbitration.

 The inaugural issue of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration may be accessed for free online, and will be published semi-annually in association with Juris Publishing and the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

The journal will seek to keep arbitration practitioners and interested scholars abreast of the latest developments and theoretical or practical topics of emerging interest in this dynamic area of law, and include case comments, book reviews and opinion essays.

In a press release the journal’s editors noted that arbitration is especially relevant today as it has increasingly been used to resolve commercial disputes, and because Canadians are participating more and more as arbitrators, arbitration counsel and arbitration scholars both in Canada and abroad.

The editors said in a joint statement that, while other publications may address similar topics, they believe that “room exists in the market for a journal that bridges practice and academia, and that balances depth with practical utility.”

The journal’s executive editors are Gerald Ghikas, who practises from Vancouver Arbitration Chambers, and Janet Walker and Barry Leon, who practise from Arbitration Place in Toronto. Joshua Karton acts as managing editor, while Anthony Daimsis serves as case comments and developments editor.

“Launching CJCA in the midst of a global pandemic is, for us, an expression of confidence: that arbitration practitioners are eager to engage in this new forum to exchange views, and that they will adopt CJCA as a platform to share ideas that will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of arbitral justice, in Canada and around the world,” said the editors in the joint statement.

The editorial advisory board comprises numerous prominent Canadian arbitrators, arbitration counsel and arbitration scholars who practise across Canada, as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris, France. Student editors from Queen’s Law also provide their support.

The editors will share the journal’s content and spark discussion through avenues such as webinars, conferences, which will be conducted either virtually or in person, and a blog, which is freely accessible through the website.

Those interested in the journal may join the “update list,” which does not require a subscription.

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