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Arbitrator Job Description

An arbitrator is a person who is appointed to hear and judge disputes between people or groups. Arbitrators are by and large appointed by the parties involved in a dispute to decide the dispute or settle differences between them outside of the court system. They usually employ applicable government laws and regulations to settle disputes between people.

An arbitrator should be attentive, analytical, meticulous, judicious, objective and trustworthy, and have the ability to communicate effectively. They should be very knowledgeable in the matters over which they preside. They should also be fair and open minded, and consider all factors when judging a case so as to give a judgment that is sound and without prejudice.

What does an Arbitrator do?

Arbitrators may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Arbitrators work in offices or meeting rooms, and may travel for work. Their job can be difficult and stressful, as they may deal with upset and angry disputants.

What is Required to Become an Arbitrator?

There are no standard requirements to settle disputes between people, but employers, arbitrator firms, will prefer to hire people with a degree in law, social work, political science or any discipline where conflict resolution is part of its curriculum. Prospective arbitrators can also intern or apprentice with an arbitrator firm, as it is a way of gaining experience in the field.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Arbitrators need to have:


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