Quiet Triumph - David W. Rivkin and how arbitration makes a difference

The film Quiet Triumph is a documentary that will show us how arbitration changed the world. It features interviews with central players who have first-hand experienced the groundbreaking developments of arbitration. David W. Rivkin (President at the International Bar Association, and Vice Chairperson, SCC), is the first one to be presented out of those whose skills and integrity has contributed to making the world a better place.

David W. Rivkin speaks about arbitration and its importance through history; “Arbitration is the grease that helps economies flow and brings us benefits around the world.” For example, he describes arbitration as a mechanism that finds a way for two parties to agree to and be confident in. It can therefore be used as a tool to develop economies, jobs and human benefits around the world.

David W. Rivkin is a litigation partner in the New York and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He is a man with broad experience in the fields of international litigation and arbitration, and has been a lawyer, a leader, an advocate and an arbitrator.


The success of international arbitration is generally only understood by the actors working within it, and now is the time to make an unknown story known. For many centuries, international arbitration has played an important role in enabling peaceful and constructive relationships among states. By enabling common rules and peaceful dispute resolution, arbitration has been an important building block in the growth of international trade and economic development.

The documentary film QUIET TRIUMPH, directed by Swedish documentary film producer Martin Borgs, tells the story of international arbitration, with events in Sweden in the foreground.

The film will premiere during the SCC Centennial celebrations on 19 January 2017 in Stockholm.

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Martin Borgs, Director of Quiet Triumph

Since his debut 1200 miljarder (1200 Billions), Martin has produced eight documentaries. Among those Overdose—The Next Financial Crisis, an award-winning documentary that has been broadcasted in over 50 countries and attracted more than 3.5 million views on YouTube.

His latest production Någon annan betalar (Somebody Else Pays) broke the Swedish record for crowdfunding of a movie, and instantly became a YouTube-hit. 

Martin serves as a member of the board of the The Swedish Arts Council since 2011.

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