International & National Arbitration

International & National Arbitration

What is arbitration?

Arbitration is a method of alternative dispute resolution that allows both parties to have their say and to discuss their differences in a non-courtroom setting under the supervision of a neutral third party, or "arbitrator."

After hearing all of the information and receiving the opinions of both sides, the arbitrator then is able to rule on the issue. Whether or not the arbitrator's decision is binding depends on the terms contained and agreed to by both parties in the original arbitration agreement.

Advantages to the arbitration process include the following:

  • Arbitration saves you money. The arbitration process allows you to avoid the considerable expense of litigation.
  • Arbitration saves you time. The arbitration process usually takes much less time than a court proceeding. A study published by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services found that arbitrated cases took an average of 375 days, while comparable cases that went to court took anywhere from 18 months - roughly 547 days - to 3 years to reach a conclusion.
  • Arbitration encourages cooperation. The atmosphere of most court proceedings encourages disagreement, hostility, and opposition. Arbitration, on the other hand, is a process that encourages restoration and peacemaking.
  • Arbitration is flexible. Trials are inflexible and rigidly scheduled, but arbitration appointments can be scheduled around the demands of your regular life.
  • Arbitration maintains your privacy. While court proceedings can be very public, arbitration is a process that allows you to preserve your privacy.

Experienced Arbitration Attorney

With experience living in different countries around the world, I am able to help my clients achieve satisfactory conclusions to difficult disagreements, including those that involve cultural disputes. I have served as an attorney since 1974. Learn more about my arbitration practice: Call Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq. Attorney at Law & Mediator today to schedule a consultation.

Arbitrator Panels

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration (ICC)
  • NY Third Judicial District (Fee Arbitration)

Professional Affiliations

I am on the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NY State Bar Association. I Co-Chair of the Section's International Mediation Subcommittee and its Diversity Committee. I am also on the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


  • Free University of Brussels School of Law, Brussels, , Belgium, 1973
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Honors: Full Fellowship for International and Comparative Law Studies, 1972-1973
    Major: International and Comparative Law
    Law Journal: Texas International Law Journal, 1976
  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972
    Honors: Top 10% on Work during Final Year
    Honors: Summer Session, Intl. Ct. of Justice, Hague Academy, Hague, Netherlands
    Honors: Best Written Brief, Jessup Moot Court, 1971
    Major: International and Comparative Law
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1969
    Honors: Summer Session at United Nations, University of Wisconsin, New York, 1968
    Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award, 1994
    Honors: Outstanding Alumni Award, 1976
    Honors: Outstanding Senior Award, 1969
    Major: Political Science and International Studies

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