Carlos de los Santos
President of the Club Español del Arbitraje
On March 27th, 2020, we held the Extraordinary General Assembly of the CEA, in which the Board of Directors was renewed and my appointment as the new President of the Club Español del Arbitraje was ratified.
The composition of the new Board of Directors, with the names of the 32 members, is available on the CEA website.
Alfonso Iglesia, as vice president, has not hesitated to share this exciting challenge with me. Furthermore, Carmen Núñez-Lagos has joined the vice presidency, along with María José Menéndez, Julio González-Soria and Miguel Ángel Fernández-Ballesteros. The General Secretary is Víctor Bonnin, with Juan Hernández-Canut continuing as Treasurer. In addition, new members have been incorporated, young members -and others not so young-, relevant women from the arbitration world, and a greater geographical diversity that reflects the international identity of our Club.
Thanks to all of you who have made the new incorporations possible; for your work and commitment throughout these years, and for continuing as members making our Club great in the times to come; my gratitude and welcome, to those of you who have agreed to get on board on this new voyage.
The Club is unstoppable; with its more than 1,100 members in 43 countries and 30 International Chapters, and the CEA-40 and CEA Mujeres, it generates on-going initiatives, proposals and projects.
Faced with the current panorama, full of uncertainties due to the current pandemic, CEA has the exciting challenge of envisioning the opportunities that open up to serve society more and better and to expand its area of influence. Arbitration has the great advantage – over state jurisdictions – that it automatically adapts to this situation of emergency, confinement and crisis. We have the ability to incorporate all the technology available to carry on with arbitration proceedings with no need to suspend them. It is not only a responsibility towards the parties and the clients, but also in the general interest of providing a service to the international community, thus avoiding an unprecedented collapse.
Undoubtedly, the current circumstances are a unique opportunity to demonstrate the true efficiency, flexibility and versatility of arbitration procedures as an alternative to the judicial. We have given full evidence of this in the CEA, holding the General Assembly and constituing the new Board of Directors by videoconference for the first time in our history. Despite this or, rather, surely because of it, what was truly extraordinary was your attendance and participation, more numerous than ever. Such is the commitment that we all have with the CEA.
As you well know, the Club is open to all members, and it is all of you, with your initiatives, who contirbute to the increase in value of the CEA. Today, more than ever, the active participation of all of you is essential.
As always, you can contact and share all your proposals and projects through the new Secretary General, Víctor Bonnin, our Director, Daniella Esquivel, Alfonso Iglesia, and any other member of the Board or myself.
Finally, in the hope that you are all well, I hope that I will be able to greet you personally sooner rather than later and thank you for your trust.
Carlos de los Santos