Page 1: Introduction to the Survey: "Professional Associations in International Commercial Arbitration"

Identification of the Survey

I would like to invite you to complete a survey that will form part of a research project that I am conducting at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, which is associated with the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford.

The aim of the project is twofold: i) identifying what risks and challenges the arbitral community perceive to exist associated with the delivery of international arbitral services by arbitrators; and ii) understand the role that professional arbitral associations are expected to play within the arbitral community.

The survey includes questions about the following issues: i) demographic information about you; ii) your level of participation in arbitral associations; iii) your views on the role that you expect arbitral associations to play; and iv) perceptions of strengths and weaknesses of international commercial arbitration. The results of this survey will be integrated into a research report I am preparing for publication in the context of my own doctoral research and in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

This survey is entirely anonymous. You cannot be identified unless you make your identity known through specific comments. You are therefore advised not to use your name or any other information that may personally identify you  in this  survey. In any case, no information that can personally identify you  will be disclosed in any publications or presentations based on this research.

The final result of this research project will be a Report to be made to the wider public through the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. The results of the research will further be incorporated into my doctoral thesis.

Funding and contact information

The study is funded by a research grant of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, a livery company in the City of London, to which I am very grateful. If you have any questions about this project, please free to contact me at or at +351-918972687 at any time.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Kind regards,

João Ilhão Moreira

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies | Oxford Law Faculty


t. +44 (0)7943 461061 / +351 91 897 2687

a. Linacre College, St. Cross Road, OX1 3JA