High-Quality, Cost-Effective International Dispute Resolution
Harvard, Sorbonne and Columbia-educated William Kirtley is the head of an independent arbitration boutique based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is thus fully independent from most parties and States, with conflicts of interest being very rare. The arbitration lawyers of Aceris Law, who are available to serve as tribunal secretaries, are also fully independent from most parties. William Kirtley is impartial, always striving to make all decisions strictly in accordance with the relevant contract, black letter law and the factual evidence presented by the parties. Having served as counsel in over one hundred international disputes, and as arbitrator in multiple arbitrations in highly-technical industries, he will always strive to resolve disputes swiftly, fairly, independently and impartially. While he will always rule independently and impartially, he will ensure that the case of the party who appointed him is fairly heard.
Common Law and Civil Law Arbitration Experience
Selecting an appropriate arbitrator is directly related to the quality of the decision rendered. William Kirtley has significant prior experience in international arbitration and has served as counsel or arbitrator in disputes under English law, French law, Swiss law, Italian law, Spanish law, German law, Albanian law, Romanian law, Moldovan law, Georgian law, Russian law, Uzbek law, Turkmenistan law, Belarus law, Turkish law, Saudi Arabian law, UAE law, OHADA law, Nigerian law, Angolan law, Liberian law, Kenyan law, South African law, Singapore law, Japanese law, Malaysian law, Hong Kong law, Mexican law, public international law, the laws of New York, California, Texas, Washington and other American States, as well as the laws of other common law (including Canada and Australia) and civil law jurisdictions.
William Kirtley has served as Sole Arbitrator or Presiding Arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. He has two decades of experience in arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, DIAC and many other arbitration rules. He has served as counsel or arbitrator in disputes involving many industries, including the construction, aviation, automotive, finance, oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, logistics, chemicals, shipping, telecommunications and information technology industries. Recently, he has served in multiple disputes involving blockchains and cryptocurrencies.
The cost of resolving disputes via international arbitration has grown considerably over the past two decades, harming one of its primary advantages as compared to international litigation. For ad hoc appointments, Mr. Kirtley typically charges 1/3 the fees of arbitrators from large corporate firms. For institutional arbitrations, he insists upon the minimum institutional fees allowed, in order to ensure that arbitration remains cost-effective for all parties.
While Mr. Kirtley serves as arbitrator in nearly all jurisdictions and travels frequently, when borders are shut or domestic courts are closed or delayed, international dispute resolution via arbitration can continue. Arbitration hearings can take place virtually using remote technologies. Indeed, the future is likely to be one with far more virtual arbitration hearings. Mr. Kirtley has considerable prowess organizing virtual arbitration hearings. The parties merely need access to the internet on computers with audio and video capacity and Mr. Kirtley can organize virtual hearings and supply the technology, when desired.
Nearly all commercial and public international law disputes can in fact be resolved by arbitration, even after a dispute has arisen and in the absence of an arbitration clause, as long as the parties agree to this. By agreeing to a submission agreement, parties can remove their disputes from domestic courts in order to have them resolved quickly and efficiently via arbitration. While this requires the consent of both parties, many litigants are unaware that this option to resolve long-running international disputes exists.