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International arbitration

2003

Boston University School of Law

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The Specificity Of International Arbitration: The Case For Faa Reform, William W. Park Oct 2003

The Specificity Of International Arbitration: The Case For Faa Reform, William W. Park

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If a pollster asked a random selection of Americans for a one-line verbal portrait of arbitration, common responses might include the following: (i) private litigation arising for construction and business disputes; (ii) a mechanism to resolve workplace tensions between management and labor; (iii) a process by which finance companies and stock brokers shield themselves from customer complaints; (iv) a way to level the playing field in deciding commercial controversies among companies from different parts of the world; (v) the way big corporations use NAFTA to escape regulation. To some extent all would be correct.'

Unfortunately, these different varieties of arbitration …


International Commercial Dispute Resolution, William W. Park, Andrea K. Bjorklund, Jack J. Coe Jan 2003

International Commercial Dispute Resolution, William W. Park, Andrea K. Bjorklund, Jack J. Coe

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A recent Court of Appeals decision has made it more difficult for judges in the United States to second-guess arbitrators in international cases. To understand the significance of the recent decision, one must remember that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) has been interpreted to permit vacatur of awards in an international arbitration on the same grounds available in domestic cases. Thus, a litigant who is unhappy with an arbitrator's decision gets a chance to re-argue the case by alleging "manifest disregard of the law," a ground for judicial review created fifty years ago by Supreme Court dictum.