This post introduces key criteria that Arbitrators for the EOSIO Core Arbitrator Forum (ECAF) would be expected to meet. It also presents an overview of how Arbitrators, once selected, could be trained.
Criteria for selecting Arbitrators
The Governance Team have been brainstorming on what would make a good Arbitrator and consider the following to be possible criteria for selecting an Arbitrator:
- Is known to the ECAF.
- Education: We anticipate that the level of a 4-year university equivalent education is appropriate. A formal degree is not required, but the person is expected to have that level of thinking & writing, as judged by the current ECAF.
- Language: Fluent in English, the default language of the ECAF. Proficiency in other languages is welcomed and useful.
- Independence. An Arbitrator would be expected to meticulously expose her interests before ECAF and peers. As a guide, the following EOSIO-specific criteria would be seen as challenges to independence and may be seen as conflicts of interest:
- Actively participates in the operation of any Block Producer;
- Owns more than 5% passive stake in any Block Producer or revenue-producing DApp;
- Owns or controls more than 0.1% of total EOS token supply;
- Is a lawyer or barrister: has an active license to practice law in any jurisdiction. If licensed previously, suggest that a minimum of 1 year of inactive status shall have elapsed;
- Is affiliated with or employed by EOSIO software development companies (including Block.one) on-chain DApp businesses, EOSIO-related journalistic entities (for example, EOS Go) or subsidiaries thereof.
- Evidence of aptitude and/or prior experience: Writing samples of at least 2 pages length demonstrating capacity to reason and explain in an objective, organized, discursive style. (For professional arbitrators: one or more more past rulings. For trainees: college essays or theses, good-quality journalism, well-structured and reasoned personal blog posts, etc.)
- Commitment: Depending on prior experience, be prepared to commit to a minimum training period and a minimum weekly time commitment necessary to see a case through.
- There may also be an assessment of a behavioral profile match to known good arbitrators. Below is a sample profile:
- Steady (vs Urgent) Pacing
- Midline on Assertiveness (between Unassuming and Forceful)
- Reserved (vs Outgoing) Sociability
- Strong-willed (vs Compliant) Conformity
- Skeptical (vs Trusting) Outlook
- Deliberate (vs Bold) Decisiveness
- Steadfast (vs Agreeable) Accommodation
- Autonomous (vs Reliant) Independence
- Factual (vs Intuitive) Judgment
Once selected, Arbitrators would be trained through an apprenticeship process in which they are mentored by a more experienced Arbitrator before being allowed to rule on a dispute in their own right. For example, the experienced Arbitrator would introduce the junior Arbitrator to the intricacies of the Arbitration process and take them through prior exemplar cases. The junior Arbitrator could also shadow the experienced Arbitrator as she reviews an ongoing dispute.