Panelist Requirements

Description of the screening requirements in selecting panelists.

The Board of Directors is responsible for approving admission to the CIIDRC Panel.

Domestic Panel:

Panel applicants must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Possess a degree, and have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in particular practice areas.
  • Demonstrate competency to initiate, carry out, and complete an engagement as an arbitrator or in a similar decision-making process.
  • Appropriate practical experience in the area of practice in which he/she sits as an arbitrator.
  • Required to have heard and evaluated evidence in accordance with applicable rules, including the ability to assess conflicting points of view, evaluate the validity of arguments presented, determine the award, and write the award.
  • Knowledge of the law applicable to arbitration.
  • Knowledge of the statutes pertaining to the area of practice in which he/she sits as an arbitrator.
  • Knowledge of the relevant Rules and Procedures and their importance and necessity to abide by them.
  • Conduct himself or herself freely from bias and prejudice.
  • Conduct himself or herself in such a way as to maintain the integrity of the profession.
  • Panel members will have shown a commitment to the advancement and promotion of the CIIDRC.
  • Sign and comply with the CIIDRC Code of Ethics (enclosed)
  • Produce a copy of current Professional Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance (minimum $1 million).

International Panel:

In addition to the above, international panelists must provide:

  • 2 letters of recommendation from: a BCICAC or CIIDRC panel member, judge, former client or employer.
  • A personal letter explaining why CIIDRC should qualify the candidate.

Removal from Panels

The Board of Directors will have the right to remove a person from a Panel upon giving due notice. A person so removed will have the right to appear before the Board of Directors or its appointees in order to review their case.



Panellists undertake serious responsibilities, not only to the parties involved in a dispute, but also to the general public. These responsibilities include ethical obligations.

This Code has been established to provide ethical guidelines for the conduct of panelists and applies generally to all Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre’s panelists in their capacity as Panelists, and specifically in their undertaking an appointment.


1. Panelists shall be independent and impartial.

2. Panelists shall uphold the integrity and fairness of the arbitration processes.

3. Panelists shall treat each party to an administrative proceeding with dignity and respect.

4. Panelists shall satisfy him/herself that he/she is qualified to undertake and complete an appointment in a professional manner.

5. Panelists shall disclose any interest or relationship likely to affect impartiality or which might create an appearance of partiality or bias.

6. Panelists should not communicate with the parties directly.

7. Panelists shall conduct all proceedings fairly and diligently, exhibiting independence and impartiality.

8. Panelists shall perform their official duties and responsibilities fully and diligently.

9. Panelist shall conduct all proceedings related to the resolution of a dispute in accordance with applicable law.