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one who conducts an arbitration, and serves as a judge who conducts a "mini-trial," somewhat less formally than a court trial. In most cases the arbitraror is an attorney, either alone or as part of a panel. Most court jurisdictions now have lists of attorneys who serve as arbitrators. Other arbitrators come from arbitration.
These theoretical advantages do not always hold up in practice. Even when efficiency is achieved, some critics argue, the price is a lower quality of justice, and it can be made worse by the difficulty of appealing an award. The charge is frequently made that arbitration only results in "splitting the baby"—dividing awards evenly among the parties. The AAA roundly rejects this claim. Yet even arbitrators agree that as arbitration.
The costs of the arbitration include the costs incurred by the parties in the course of the arbitration (such as professional fees), the arbitrators' fees, fees paid to the arbitration.
Professor Hughes ceased practice as a lawyer and has practiced only as an arbitrator and mediator since March 2013. Since then, he has been appointed as the sole, chair or co-arbitrator in arbitrations under rules of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL (administered and ad-hoc), KLRCA, JCAA, CIETAC, ACICA and KCAB, as well as purely ad-hoc arbitrations. He has also been appointed in both emergency and expedited proceedings.