Open main menu

An Arbitration Committee (sometimes abbreviated as "ArbCom") is a small group of trusted users who serve as the last step of dispute resolution on some individual Wikimedia Foundation projects. Originally set up on the English Wikipedia by Jimmy Wales to take over his role in resolving complex disputes between users, Arbitration Committees are now used on approximately ten Wikipedia versions and the English Wikinews.


Committees typically have five to fifteen members, who are known as Arbitrators. Terms vary in length, with some as long as three years.

On the English Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales has reserve authority to appoint and dismiss committee members, or to disband the committee and force new elections. Previously, non-binding community votes were used to present candidates for appointment. The community now runs standard elections to select committee members.

Projects with Arbitration CommitteesEdit

Wikipedia versions
Project Name E-mail
cs – Czech Arbitrážní výbor
de – German Schiedsgericht arbcomde-l
en – English Arbitration Committee arbcom-en
fa – Persian هیئت نظارت
fi – Finnish Välityslautakunta
hu – Hungarian Wikitanács
nl – Dutch Arbitragecommissie arbcom-nl
pl – Polish Komitet Arbitrażowy
ru – Russian Арбитражный комитет
uk – Ukrainian Арбітражний комітет

Projects with inactive or trial Arbitration CommitteesEdit

Wikipedia versions
  • Spanish (dissolved April 2009)
  • French Comité d'arbitrage (inactive as of 29th Sept 2019)
  • Korean (No arbitrators elected since December 2015, arbcom function suspended as of 18 March 2017.)
  • Occitan (A setting up was proposed in 2006, an election has been planned in December 2008 but was never realized)
  • Portuguese (dissolved January 2012)
  • Swedish (inactive)
  • Slovenian (deleted, with a redirect to Wikipedija:Mediacija). The page exists only as a framework for eventual setting up. The mediation wasn't needed so far, so the rules for the election process haven't been established yet.
  • Thai (term expired in January 2016, no elections held since)

See alsoEdit