James Bridgeman SC | 4-5 Gray's inn square

James Bridgeman is a practising barrister, Chartered Arbitrator and certified mediator. He holds practising certificates as barrister both in Ireland and in England and Wales. His practice has a focus on civil and commercial litigation, international arbitration and ADR.

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International Dispute Resolution

He is a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators and conciliators nominated by the Irish government. He has received appointments in international disputes from WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (Minneapolis, MN) CAC (Prague), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur).
In 2010 he was appointed by DG Justice of the EU Commission to the expert group advising on the revision of the Brussels 1 Regulation and arbitration. In August 2014, he was appointed by the Central Bank of Ireland as a member of the quasi-judicial panel to carry out investigations of regulated entities under the Administrative Sanctions Procedure.

7In November 2014 he was appointed by the Council of the EU as a member of the panel of 15 arbitrators for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea (Council Decision 2014/794/EU). On 8 December 2015, he was appointed by the Minister of State for Business and Employment as a member of the Construction Contracts Adjudication Panel, established under Section 8 of the Construction Contracts Act, 2013.


He has been appointed mediator in intellectual property, commercial, contract, partnership, workplace and family disputes by appointment of parties and by appointment of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Geneva). He is an accredited mediator (Mediators Institute of Ireland) and served for several years on the Council of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, including a term as Vice-Chair.

He is a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales (formerly known as the ADR sub-committee). He regularly participates in mediation and arbitration and international arbitration training and assessment courses for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Ireland and the United Kingdom as course director, tutor, moderator and examiner.


He is an associate lecturer on the Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration Trinity College Dublin. In 2007 he initiated the adreurope.com project which each year convenes the Dublin Forum on International Arbitration.

His recent publications include The Uncitral Transparency Rules 2014 for Investor State Dispute Settlement and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations. ADR and Arbitration Review Vol 1, Issue 1, November 2015]; the .ie chapter in Domain Name Law and Practice Torsten Bettinger ed. Oxford University Press (2005, 2nd ed 2015] and he was a contributor to Promoting Further Mediation e-book. (J El Ahdab, J Tirado ed.) International Bar Association. April 2015/

His recent conference presentations include:

  • ADR – A Necessary Adjunct to your Civil and Commercial Practice. Panelist. Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2016 (Bar Council England and Wales) 15 October 2016, London [panel member]

  • Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States. Session Chair. British Institute of International and Comparative Law /Wilmer Hale, London 19-20 May 2016.

  • Re-equipping advocates for mediation: Different forum, different skills. 30th Annual Bar
    Conference. London 17 October 2015

  • Transparency in Investor State Dispute Settlement – the UNCITRAL Transparency Rules
    2014, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Centenary Conference Dublin 9 October 2015

  • How to improve the use of mediation in both civil law and common law countries.
    International Bar Association Conference. Vienna 7 October 2015

  • The New UNCITRAL Transparency Initiatives in Investor State Arbitration. Trinity College
    Dublin Alumni Update Seminar. 18 April 2015


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