DRD offers our subscribers access to previously unavailable data on dispute resolution claims, duration and processes. DRD generates geographic and case-type reports from aggregated data contributed by 17 arbitration and mediation institutions and representing data from 185 nations. This includes, for example, reports on average claim amounts by case type, average claim amount versus amount awarded, arbitration and/or settlement outcomes by case type, whether parties frequently file counterclaims and their success rates, and the average length of case. DRD’s reports are dynamically updated with historic and current data contributions.
The best illustration I can offer of the value of DRD data in arbitration proceedings is to be found on the DRD website under “Use of DRD Data in the Steps of an International Arbitration” which shows in more detail how DRD data might profitably be used at 13 different points in an arbitral proceedings. DRD data has parallel value in mediation.
By way of a few brief examples, and as confirmed by a number of Counsel to whom we spoke at the last IBA Annual Meeting, DRD data would be especially useful in discussing with potential clients “global norms” in a given kind of dispute, and DRD data on case type, duration and cost would be useful in establishing a budget for a prospective arbitration or mediation.
Data on settlements, counterclaims, average success rates of arbitration and mediation, the frequency and type of discovery, local court involvement, the relationship between claims and sums awarded, are other examples of the areas in which DRD data should be of significant interest, whether in drafting clauses or in the conduct of proceedings.