In choosing Paris as my seat of arbitration, do I guarantee the independence of my arbitrators?

Yes. The French courts are particularly sensitive to the independence of all arbitrators who participate in your arbitration. An arbitrator is a private person chosen by the parties, by an appointing authority (such as an arbitration institution) or, if necessary, by the court to make a decision in the dispute submitted by the parties. Some national laws require that the arbitrator be a lawyer or impose other limits on parties’ ability to choose their arbitrator – possibly even invalidating an entire arbitration because of contractually agreed restrictions as to who can sit as an arbitrator. Under French law, however, the only limitations as to who can serve as an arbitrator are the contractual limits set by the parties – of course along with the requirement that the arbitrator be independent and impartial.