1. Background

The purpose of this questionnaire is to learn about the international arbitration landscape and challenges from the perspective of the legal profession who are either Commonwealth citizens or work in the Commonwealth.

The questionnaire will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Information provided is confidential, presented in aggregated form, and accessed only by the researchers and employees of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Information provided in response to the questionnaire will be destroyed once the study has been completed but at the latest on 30 June 2021.

If you have any questions about the project please contact petra.butler@vuw.ac.nz.

A copy of the final publication of the research findings will be available free of charge on the Commonwealth Secretariat website.

The survey closes on 30 April 2019.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this Commonwealth Secretariat study.

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* 1. Are you a citizen of a Commonwealth country or countries?

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* 2. Is your main place of work in a Commonwealth country or countries?

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* 3. Is your main place of work a non-Commonwealth country or countries?

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* 4. Are your clients predominantly from Commonwealth countries?

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* 5. You are:

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* 6. What is your age, in years?

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* 7. You are a:

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* 8. You work:

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* 9. Your post qualification experience is:

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* 10. Your practice area is (indicate as many as applicable):

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* 11. Your clients include the following categories (indicate as many as applicable):

*Please refer to your domestic definition of an SME

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* 13. In general, what is your preferred method (eg negotiation, mediation, arbitration, litigation) of resolving business to business (B2B) commercial  disputes?  Please give reasons.

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* 14. What are the four key factors (please rank 1 being the most important, 4 being the least important) that determine the preferred method for resolving B2B disputes?

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* 16. How many of your clients in a cross-border B2B dispute have a formal written contract with a dispute resolution clause?

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* 17. Where your clients' contracts include an international arbitration clause, what do they usually specify? (Select all that apply)

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* 18. Are there certain types of cross-border B2B contracts (eg construction, sale of goods, M & A, financial services) in which you/your clients typically insist on an international arbitration clause?

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* 19. If you advise your clients to opt for institutional arbitration, which rules do you typically suggest, and why?

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* 20. How many of your clients have entered into an arbitration clause after a dispute has arisen?

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