Why Arbitrate in Atlanta?
Welcome to the home page of The Atlanta International Arbitration Society (“AtlAS”), a non-profit organization that promotes the global business gateway of Atlanta as a preferred venue for international and domestic commercial arbitration, and supports related education and scholarship. Georgia offers one of the most supportive legal frameworks for international arbitration in the world, including not only arbitration-friendly courts and legislation, but also the most welcoming environment for foreign lawyers in the United States. Atlanta is a global business gateway that is home to many of the world’s largest corporations and the world’s busiest airport, with direct flights available to most international business centers. Despite its sophistication, Atlanta is one of the world’s least expensive major cities. A city known worldwide for its hospitality and multicultural embrace, Atlanta is an ideal venue for international arbitrations.
I understand the critical role of international arbitration in cross-border trade and investment, and as a state senator in 1988, introduced legislation that was enacted as Georgia’s international arbitration statute. Georgia provides a stable, predictable, and transparent legislative framework that is supportive of global business. The same supportive business culture and commitment to a level playing field make Georgia an excellent venue for the resolution of cross-border business disputes. And as a bonus, parties arbitrating a dispute in this State will find themselves treated to a healthy dose of Southern hospitality.
- Nathan Deal, Governor of the State of Georgia
As Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia , I can assure you that our courts are supportive of arbitration, which is especially important in the international context in which parties may be reluctant to litigate in an unfamiliar forum. I am confident you will find that Atlanta – a sophisticated hub of international business, which boasts the country’s third largest number of Fortune 500 company headquarters and the world’s largest airport – offers an experienced judiciary that embraces a system of international arbitration as vital to global commerce.
- Carol W. Hunstein, Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia
We welcome you to Atlanta. Having practiced in a multinational law firm, I recognize that international arbitration is one of the cornerstones of international business. Parties choosing Atlanta for their arbitration will find world-class practitioners and a judiciary that is supportive of arbitration. They will also find a vibrant and diverse city that is rich in entertainment and dining options and unrivaled in its business travel infrastructure.
- Kasim Reed, Former Mayor of Atlanta