The EOS Community’s Arbitration Forum

EOSIO is a governed blockchain that allows free entry to a rules based environment. The existence of arbitration is a core value proposition of the EOSIO software and requires an independent Arbitration Forum to deal with disputes that may arise between parties operating on the blockchain.


  • Is an Arbitration Forum for and by the EOS Community
  • Comprises of carefully vetted, independent Arbitrators. Our Arbitrators are specially trained to consider the special context of arbitration of blockchain disputes.
  • Is based on arbitration rules that are globally applicable and have been developed by combining the latest thinking on blockchain dispute resolution, as well as best practices from international arbitral forums.

The ECAF’s Rules for Dispute Resolution can be found here.

Forum Team

The EOS Core Arbitration Forum consists of the following:

Forum Administrator: Ben Gates (Charged with making official announcements concerning Forum policy, with the appointment (or removal) of Interim Arbitrators, and with final authority over the assignment of claims to Arbitrators.)

Case Managers: Moti Tabulo. Charged with reviewing claims, handling some communications with Claimants, documentary functions.

Interim Arbitrators: William Bozarth, Ben Gates, K Grummisch, Stephan Zhang, Yao Siqi. (Charged with hearing claims, deliberating on cases, issuing rulings and ordering remedies.) Further information: Arbitrator selection and training.

Forum Advisors:  Ian Grigg and Eva Stöwe. (experienced persons who are solicited for reflection and commentary on some phases of arbitration and Forum management.)

ECAF personnel and arbitrators, above, are protected from liability pursuant to section 2.2 of the ECAF RDR:

“All liability of the Arbitrator for any act in connection with a duly filed dispute is excluded by all parties, provided such act does not constitute an intentional breach of duty. All other liability of the arbitrators, the Forum and those working directly in the handling of cases, for any other act or omission in connection with arbitration proceedings is excluded, provided such acts do not constitute an intentional or grossly negligent breach of duty.

A claim regarding the liability within this clause can only be decided by a Disciplinary Case.”