Panelist Requirements

The Vancouver International Arbitration Centre (“VanIAC”) Board of Directors is responsible for approving admission to the CIIDRC Panel.


Panel applicants must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Possess a law degree, with expertise in intellectual property law, trademark law, and related issues.
  • Competency to initiate, carry out, and complete an engagement as a panelist.
  • Ability to evaluate evidence in accordance with applicable rules, including the ability to assess conflicting points of view, evaluate the validity of arguments presented, and determine the decision.
  • Knowledge of the UDRP, the UDRP Rules and CIIDRC’s Supplemental Rules, knowledge of previous UDRP decisions.
  • Knowledge of the CDRP and the CDRP Rules, knowledge of previous CDRP decisions.
  • Conduct himself or herself freely from bias and prejudice.
  • Conduct himself or herself in such a way as to maintain the integrity of CIIDRC and fellow panelists.
  • Sign and comply with the CIIDRC Code of Ethics
  • Produce a copy of current Professional Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance (minimum $1 million)
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from a VanIAC or CIIDRC panel member, judge, former client or employer
  • A personal letter explaining why CIIDRC should qualify the candidate

Removal from Panel

The Board of Directors will have the right to remove a person from the Panelist list 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.



Panelists 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 CIIDRC’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 dispute resolution processes.

3. Panelists shall treat each party to a dispute with dignity and respect.

4. Panelists shall satisfy themselves that they are 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, UDRP, and /or CDRP ,and CIIDRC requirements.

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