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2013

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Prejudgment Interest In International Arbitration, Jeffrey M. Colon, Michael S. Knoll Aug 2013

Prejudgment Interest In International Arbitration, Jeffrey M. Colon, Michael S. Knoll

Jeffrey M. Colon

Tribunals in international arbitration are regularly asked by claimants to award prejudgment interest. Unless foreclosed by an agreement between the parties, there is widespread agreement prejudgment interest should put the claimant in the same position as it would have been had it not been injured by the respondent. However, there is little consensus how to calculate prejudgment interest in order to accomplish that purpose. In this Essay, we describe the proper method of calculating prejudgment interest based on sound financial principles. Using the paradigm that the respondent has forced the claimant to make an involuntary loan to the respondent, we …