CEPANI does not work with a list of registered or acknowledged arbitrators. In principle, one cannot simply submit an application to become an arbitrator appointed by CEPANI. When a party submits a request for arbitration to CEPANI, the Appointments Committee or the CEPANI President considers on a case by case basis who is the most qualified person to settle the dispute at hand. In making this decision, the factors that are taken into account are the nature of the dispute, the language, the identity of the co-arbitrators, the arbitrator’s qualifications and availability, the urgency of the situation, what is at stake… CEPANI then has a number of renowned Belgian or foreign arbitrators at its disposal whose assistance it can request.
CEPANI also offers younger arbitrators or arbitrators with less experience the opportunity to start handling arbitral matters by appointing them as co-arbitrators or by assigning them the more straightforward cases. Support provided by the CEPANI Secretariat is always available.