Society relies on the fair resolution of disputes submitted to arbitration. Those who undertake the role of arbitrators hence have a duty to the parties as well as to the general public to refrain from unethical conduct during proceedings. Although courts usually advocate legal standards that protect arbitrators from parties challenging their conduct, courts must ensure that arbitration proceedings remain free from corruption, bias, and the appearance of impropriety. Therefore, if arbitrators violate ethical standards, the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 (FAA) grants courts the right to vacate the award.
Yelena Rivtis, The Appearance of Impropriety: The Importance of Arbitrator Impartiality and Disclosure in Arbitration Proceedings, 3 353 (2011).