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UNCITRAL Secretariat

Edited by Emmanuel Gaillard and George A. Bermann

The Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards provides a detailed analysis of the judicial interpretation and application of the New York Convention by reference to case law from 45 Contracting States. The Guide, and the website which supplements it, will become an essential tool that benefits all those involved in the interpretation and application of the New York Convention, including judges, arbitrators, practitioners, academics and Government officials.

The Guide gives clear expression to the principal finding of extensive research, namely, that the Contracting States have interpreted and applied the New York Convention in an overwhelmingly consistent manner and that courts have diverged from the general trends in the case law in only isolated instances. As such, the Convention continues to fulfill its purpose of facilitating the worldwide recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards to the greatest extent possible.

Edited by Ian A. Laird and Borzu Sabahi

Brill Research Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration provides a systematic review of key topics in this increasingly important area of international law and practice. Foreign investment (particularly FDI) continues to be a catalyst for development. To promote and protect the flow of such investments, countries worldwide have entered into thousands of investment treaties and domestic investment laws, which requires them to protect foreign investment in their territories. These treaties also allow foreign investors to directly sue governments before international arbitration tribunals for treaty violations ranging from old-fashioned “expropriation without compensation” to violations of more modern protections such as the so-called “fair and equitable” standard of treatment. The claims raise a mix of public international law, private and public law, and public policy issues requiring an examination of the legitimacy of a government’s exercise of its core functions including regulatory (involving taxation, health, and environment), administrative, and police powers and the balance of those against foreign investors’ rights under the treaties. This journal addresses these issues and aims to provide an authoritative reference guide for scholars and practitioners.

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Edited by Arthur W. Rovine

The 2014 volume of Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers is a collection of important works in the field written by the speakers at the 2014 Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation. The papers are organized into the following parts:

Keynote Presentation by Catherine Kessedjian
PART 1: Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration by Peter Michaelson, Stanimir A. Alexandrov, James Mendenhall, Laurence Shore, Liang-Ying Tan, Rocío Digón, and Marek Krasula
PART 2: Ethics by Bruce A. Green, Margaret Moses, Doak Bishop, Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta, Catherine A. Rogers, and Idil Tumer
PART 3: Mediation by Lorraine M. Brennan, Anna Joubin-Bret, Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Rachael Clarke, James M. Rhodes, and Carrie Menkel-Meadow
PART 4: International Trade Arbitration by Kaj Hobér, Luiz Olavo Baptista, Giorgio Sacerdoti, and Gonzalo Biggs
PART 5: Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration (2) by John J. Barcelo III, Roland Ziadé, Lorenzo Melchionda, and Dr. Wolfgang Kühn
PART 6: International Tax Arbitration by Alexis Foucard, Léa Grandfond, Michael Lennard, and Natalia Quinones Cruz


Juan José Quintana

Litigation at the International Court of Justice provides a systematic guide to questions of procedure arising when States come before the International Court of Justice to take part in contentious litigation. Quintana's approach is primarily empirical and emphasis is put on examples derived from actual practice. This book is mainly intended to help practitioners and advisors to governments engaged in actual cases and deliberately avoids theoretical discussions, favoring a pragmatic stance that is focused not so much on what authors have to say on any given topic concerning procedure, but rather on presenting, directly “from the Court’s mouth,” as it were, what ICJ judges actually have done and said over the last ninety years concerning such questions.


Edited by Shaheeza Lalani and Rodrigo Polanco Lazo

Edited by Shaheeza Lalani and Rodrigo Polanco Lazo, The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration is a collection of contributions from lawyers, arbitrators and political scientists on the development of the concept of the “State” in a field that currently presents an increasing number of controversial disputes: Investor-State Arbitration.
The book analyzes the limits of the host State as a regulator, studying issues such as attribution and the role of State-Owned Enterprises and sub-State entities; the changing role of the home State in Investor-State disputes, including its direct participation in Investor-State arbitration and State to State dispute settlement; and the overall role that both home and host States can play in the improvement of Investor-State Dispute Settlement.


Edited by Arthur W. Rovine

The 2013 volume of Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers is a collection of important works in the field written by the speakers at the 2013 Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation. The 25 papers are organized into the following six parts:

Keynote Presentation by Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Part 1: Investor-State Arbitration by Andrea K. Bjorklund, Rudolf Dolzer, Abby Cohen Smutny, John Townsend

Part 2: Class Actions and Mass Claims by James Carter, John Crook, Christopher Drahozal, Veijo Heiskanen, Sandrine Giroud, Roman Khodykin, S.I. Strong

Part 3: Arbitration of International Disputes on Energy Issues by Arif Ali, Nigel Blackaby, Caline Mouawad, Sarah Vasani

Part 4: Investor-State Arbitration (2) by O. Thomas Johnson, Catherine H. Gibson, Mark McNeill, Laurence Shore, Robert Rothkopf, Todd Weiler

Part 5: The Arbitration of International Technology Disputes by Gary L. Benton, Rachel Koch, Thomas Halket, John Judge, Paul Klaas, Steven Reisberg

Part 6: Mediation by Elizabeth Birch, David Bristow, Hélène de Kovachich

A Nascent Common Law

The Process of Decisionmaking in International Legal Disputes between States and Foreign Investors


Frédéric Gilles Sourgens

In A Nascent Common Law: The Process of Decisionmaking in International Legal Disputes Between States and Foreign Investors Frédéric Gilles Sourgens submits that investor-state dispute resolution relies upon an inductive, common law decisionmaking process, which reveals a necessary plurality of first principles within investor-state dispute resolution. Relying upon, amongst others, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, the book explains how this plurality of first principles does not devolve into arbitrary indeterminacy.

A Nascent Common Law provides an alternative account to current theoretical conceptions of investor-state arbitration. It explains that these theories cannot adequately resolve a key empirical challenge: tribunals frequently reach facially inconsistent results on similar questions of law. Sourgens makes an inductive approach, focused on the manner of decisionmaking by tribunals in the context of specific records that can explain this inconsistency.

Edited by Omar E. García-Bolívar and Hernando Otero

The editors of Recognition and Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitral Awards in Latin America: Law, Practice and Leading Cases present a country-by-country review of the law, arbitral practice and leading cases on the recognition and enforcement of international commercial arbitral awards in the region.

In a global economy where arbitration has become standard for dispute resolution between commercial entities of different nationalities, the enforcement of international commercial arbitral awards in local jurisdictions is the ultimate bottom-line. Yet even with international conventions in place to facilitate the process, practical information on how Latin American courts enforce international commercial arbitral awards is limited.

Organized by country, each chapter provides a relevant overview and guide to the substantive and procedural practice in the jurisdiction. In contrast to other sources of information and databases, the book provides excerpts of leading cases, analyses of relevant laws and international treaties and descriptions of local practice.


Trinh Hai Yen

Within the context of an exponential proliferation of investment treaties with virtually uniform language and structure, The Interpretation of Investment Treaties by Trinh Hai Yen reveals the neglect or misapplication of international rules on treaty interpretation by tribunals in arbitral cases. Such practice has raised the question of the legitimacy of the interpretative process and the engendered inconsistent interpretations of investment treaties.

The book proposes three interpretative approaches aimed at ensuring that adjudicators find legitimate meaning in the challenging generality and vagueness of investment treaty language. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of legislative solutions for states through a case study of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement, as well as a comparative analysis of modern and traditional investment treaties.


Edited by Arthur W. Rovine

The 2012 volume of Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers is a collection of important works in the field written by the speakers at the 2012 Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, held in London. The 22 papers are organized into the following five parts:

Keynote Presentation by Charles N. Brower, Michael Pulos and Charles B. Rosenberg

Part I: Investor-State Arbitration by Christoph Schreuer, Philippe Sands, Sam Wordsworth, Barton Legum, Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse, Jarrod Wong, Donald Francis Donovan

Part II: Arbitration of International Financial Disputes by Kenneth M. Kramer, Mark Kantor, Edna Sussman, Jennifer L. Gorskie

Part III: Arbitration of International Construction Disputes by C. Mark Baker, Lucy Greenwood, Louis B. Kimmelman, Suyash Paliwal, C. Ryan Reetz, John W. Hinchey, Barbara Helene Steindl

Part IV: Arbitration in Asia
by Jessica Fei, Damien McDonald, Remington Huang, Michael Pryles, Lawrence Boo

Part V: Mediation
by Chris Newmark, Donna Ross, Nancy M. Thevenin