How it started

In 2020 three friends (Chris Campbell of the ‘Tales of the Tribunal’ podcast, Svenja Wachtel of the ‘Digital Coffee Break in Arbitration’ initiative and Amanda Lee, founder of the ‘Careers in Arbitration’ initiative) launched ‘Arbitration Idol’.

The purpose of this initiative was to provide the arbitration community with the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause for the chance to win a digital coffee with leaders in the field of international arbitration from across the globe, at a time when networking in person was impossible due to the pandemic.

The idea was simple: anyone, anywhere in the world, could donate whatever they could afford (minimum donation EUR 1) in exchange for the chance to win a one-on-one digital coffee break with a leader from the field of international arbitration.

The proceeds would be donated to UNICEF. And so #ArbitrationIdol was born!

Arbitration Idol 2021

Support UNICEF while getting the chance of having a digital coffee break with an Arbitration Idols.

And here are the Idols for Arbitration Idol 2.0:

Chiann Bao

Benjamin G. Davis

How to participate:


➡️  Make a donation (minimum donation EUR 1) from now until July 27, 2021 at Arbitration Idol 2.0. All proceeds are going 100% to UNICEF.

➡️  To automatically be entered into the draw, forward the e-mail from Justgiving confirming your donation to (feel free to redact the amount donated).

➡️  Keep your fingers crossed – the winners will be announced on July 30, 2021.


Arbitration Idol is brought to you by Chris Campbell, Esq., MCIArb. (Tales of The Tribunal), Amanda Lee FCIArb (Careers in Arbitration) and Svenja Wachtel (Digital Coffee Break in Arbitration)


Supported by:

Arbitration Idol 2020

For the first edition of Arbitration Idol, we were delighted to welcome Catherine Rogers, Dana MacGrath, Darius Khambata, Eleonora Coelho, Funke Adekoya SAN, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Gary Born, Joongi Kim, Lucy Reed, Michael McIlwrath, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and Toby Landau QC

Our Kluwer Arbitration Blog post provides further details [#ArbitrationIdol: Community Spirit in Times of Crisis and Beyond – Kluwer Arbitration Blog].

In the end, we counted 92 donors and collected EUR 1,936 for UNICEF!

THANKS to everyone who participated, donated, shared the links, advertised #ArbitrationIdol and otherwise helped to make our initiative the great success it was!

Every penny helped, and we are thrilled to be part of a professional community that actually cares.