International Commercial Arbitration Posts
Samuel Estreicher, Rex Heinke and Jessica Weisel delve into an upcoming arbitration case before the Supreme Court of the United States that “asks the Court to resolve a circuit split over the role, if any, that federal courts should play in facilitating discovery in foreign arbitrations.”
The Institute in the Courts: U.K. Supreme Court Cites Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor–State ArbitrationAndrea Kang Wooster
Disputes arising under international commercial contracts that contain arbitration agreements implicate different systems of law, including the law governing the substance of the dispute, the law governing the agreement to arbitrate, and the law governing the arbitration process, or the “curial law.” In Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v OOO Insurance Company Chubb the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom addressed an issue that “has long divided courts and commentators,” both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
A core tenet of the claim that international investment law promotes the rule of law is that it enhances legal certainty for foreign investors. This Chapter seeks to distinguish between tolerable consistency deficiencies in investment treaty arbitration and more structural inconsistencies that are inimical to the rule of law.
Arbitration has been criticized as displacing cases from the public courts and thereby reducing the production of court precedent. Moreover, while arbitral awards might substitute for court precedent, the standard view is that arbitrators have little incentive to issue awards that produce legal rules because such awards mostly benefit parties to future disputes. This Article critically examines both the hypotheses, filling in gaps in existing legal literature and also offering new theoretical and empirical insights for a comprehensive account of arbitration and rule production.
The fraught question of the rights and liabilities of “non-signatories” in arbitration continues to exercise courts and commentators. The Supreme Court, as part of its endless fascination with the arbitral process, recently made its own contribution in the Outokumpu case.
UK Supreme Court Looks to Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State ArbitrationPauline Toboulidis
The Court found that when choice of law is not identified in an arbitration agreement, the law of the seat of arbitration is the law “most closely connected” to agreement, and references Restatement of the Law, The U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration in support of its decision.
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In recent years, governments from the state of Delaware to the Emirate of Dubai have created institutions specially designed to adjudicate transnational commercial disputes. These institutions are hybrids between courts and arbitration, or “arbitral courts.”
In his International Arbitration column, John Fellas discusses the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration—a 12-year effort primarily concerned with the role of the U.S. courts with respect to arbitration proceedings. The author describes it as a “majestic, comprehensive, and clear account of the U.S. law of international and investor-state arbitration that belongs on the shelf of everyone involved those fields.”
Argument Analysis: Justices Debate Ability of Business That Did Not Sign Arbitration Agreement to Compel ArbitrationRonald J. Mann
GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS v. Outokumpu Stainless USA is the Supreme Court’s first arbitration case of the 2019 term. For observers familiar with the arbitration docket in recent years, this case will seem unusual, because so few of the justices seem predisposed to compel arbitration.