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Launch of the New York Chapter of Arbitration Ireland


New York – 12 September 2018


On 12 September 2018, Arbitration Ireland launched its New York Chapter in the presence of the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, U.S. District Judge, Judge Richard Sullivan of the Southern District of New York and Judge of the Irish High Court and designated Arbitration Judge, Mr. Justice David Barniville as well as Irish Consul General, Ciarán Madden.  The event took place at the Consulate General of Ireland in New York and was attended by a cross section of international arbitration practitioners as well as representatives of the leading Irish law firms and the Bar of Ireland.






Consul General, Ciaran Madden




















Gavin Woods, President of Arbitration Ireland












Gavin Woods, President of Arbitration Ireland explained the purpose of the New York Chapter:


  • Arbitration Ireland has had a number of events in New York in recent years and the purpose of the New York Chapter is to place our presence on a more formal and consistent footing.


  • To create a forum where like-minded practitioners can meet and engage with the wider legal community in the US not just Irish lawyers working in New York but the international arbitration community generally in order to deepen existing connections and to make new ones.


  • To build  deeper awareness of Dublin as a seat.  There has always been a significant number of US businesses in Ireland and they are a key part of our economy but with commerce can come disputes.  Arbitration Ireland wants US and international corporates and their legal representatives to feel comfortable in their disputes being resolved appropriately and dealt with efficiently in a jurisdiction they can trust.


  • Within a year, Ireland will be the leading common law jurisdiction left within the EU.  Arbitration Ireland believe that it is incumbent on Irish lawyers to engage with lawyers in other jurisdictions to speak about the strength of Irish law and our jurisdiction in general.


U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan introduced the Chief Justice and spoke warmly of his personal connections to Ireland as well as the shared common law tradition between our jurisdictions.









Judge R. Sullivan of the Southern District of New York
















Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr. Justice Frank Clarke spoke of the broad judicial support for the promotion of Irish law and Ireland as a jurisdiction for the resolution of international disputes whether through arbitration or the legal system.








Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr. Justice Frank Clarke












Mr. Justice Barniville highlighted the key aspects of the Arbitration Act 2010 and in particular the fact that the judiciary has sought not to interfere in the arbitral process and some of the distinctions that exist between Irish law and the law of other jurisdictions including the US.







Mr. Justice David Barniville, Judge of the High Court of Ireland and designated arbitration judge.











The establishment of the New York Chapter follows on from the success of the London Chapter which has had a number of events since June 2017 involving members of the judiciary from Ireland and the UK as well as lawyers involved in international arbitration.




If you are interested in hearing more about the New York Chapter or being involved with the Chapter please email info@arbitrationireland.com or go to ‘join us’ at www.arbitrationireland.com