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The Future of International Competition Law Enforcement

An Assessment of the EU’s Cooperation Efforts


Valerie Demedts

While forces of globalization have created a genuine global marketplace, global rules safeguarding the competitive process in this marketplace have not emerged. International cooperation among national regulators and enforcers is therefore needed to create a competitive global business-environment. The Future of International Competition Law Enforcement, using the variety of legal instruments available to the EU as a point of departure, undertakes an original assessment of the EU's cooperation agreements in the field of competition law The work’s focus is on the bilateral sphere, often labelled as a mere 'interim-solution' awaiting a global agreement; further attention is given to competition provisions in free trade agreements as well as the main multilateral initiatives in this field, in order to determine their relative value.

Non-State Actors and International Obligations

Creation, Evolution and Enforcement

Edited by James Summers and Alex Gough

Non-State Actors and International Obligations examines the contribution and relevance of non-state actors in the creation and implementation of international obligations. These actors have traditionally been marginalised within international law and ambiguities remain over their precise role. Nonetheless, they have become increasingly important in legal regimes as participants in their implementation and enforcement, and as potential holders of duties themselves. Chapters from academics and practitioners investigate different aspects of this relationship, including the sources of obligations, their implementation, human rights aspects, dispute settlement, responsibility and legal accountability.


Nathalie Najjar

Arbitration and International Trade in the Arab Countries by Nathalie Najjar is masterful compendium of arbitration law in the Arab countries. A true study of comparative law in the purest sense of the term, the work puts into perspective the solutions retained in the various laws concerned and highlights both their convergences and divergences. Focusing on the laws of sixteen States, the author examines international trade arbitration in the MENA region and assesses the value of these solutions in a way that seeks to guide a practice which remains extraordinarily heterogeneous. The book provides an analysis of a large number of legal sources, court decisions as well as a presentation of the attitude of the courts towards arbitration in the States studied. Traditional and modern sources of international arbitration are examined through the prism of the two requirements of international trade, freedom and safety, the same prism through which the whole law of arbitration is studied. The book thus constitutes an indispensable guide to any arbitration specialist called to work with the Arab countries, both as a practitioner and as a theoretician.


Edited by Julien Chaisse and Luke Nottage

International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia brings together leading academics and practitioners to examine whether and how the Asian region has or may become a significant ‘rule maker’ in contemporary international investment law and dispute resolution. The editors introduce FDI trends and regulations, investment treaties and arbitration across Asia. Authors add country studies for the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as an overview of ASEAN treaties, or examine other potential ‘middle powers’ (Korea, Australia and New Zealand collectively) and the emerging ‘big players’ (China, Japan and India). Two early chapters present econometric studies of treaty impact on FDI flows, in aggregate as well as for Thailand, while two concluding chapters offer other normative and forward-looking perspectives.

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.

The Independence and Impartiality of ICSID Arbitrators

Current Case Law, Alternative Approaches, and Improvement Suggestions


Maria Nicole Cleis

The legitimacy of investor-State arbitration is a much-debated topic, with arbitrators’ independence and impartiality being one of the core concerns. In The Independence and Impartiality of ICSID Arbitrators, Maria Nicole Cleis explores how unbiased decision-making is ensured under the ICSID Convention. Juxtaposing existing disqualification decisions in the ICSID system against corresponding requirements in related dispute settlement systems, the book convincingly argues that the current approach to disqualification requests against ICSID arbitrators is too exacting in light of the high stakes of investor-State disputes. The author’s nuanced analysis of the status quo is followed by novel suggestions for reforms (including a proposal for ICSID-specific guidelines on conflict of interest), making the book a valuable source of ideas on constructive paths forward.


Edited by Arthur W. Rovine

The 2015 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 2015 Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation. The papers are organized into the following parts:

Keynote Presentation by Hon. Stephen M. Schwebel
PART 1: Innovations in International Arbitration by Barru Leon, Sophie Lamn, Hon. William G. Bassler, William W. Park, and Josefa Sicard-Mirabal
PART 2: Investor-state Arbitration by Edward G. Kehoe, Klaus Reichert, Catherine Amirfar, Nicholas Fletcher QC, and Susan D. Franck
PART 3: The Confluence of EU Law and International Arbitration - Both Commercial and Investor-State by John Gaffney, Fidelma Macken SC, and Kaj Hober
PART 4: Corporate Issues by Wolfgang Peter, Thomas H. Lee, and Vera Korzun

Investment Protection in Southeast Asia

A Country-by-Country Guide on Arbitration Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties

Edited by Loretta Malintoppi and Charis Tan

Investment Protection in Southeast Asia: A Country-by-Country Guide on Arbitration Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties is a vital reference guide to investment protection in the region, providing succinct answers to the main questions that investors may consider in connection with investments in a given jurisdiction. Each country chapter covers arbitral legislation and institutions in the country, investment-related domestic laws, an analysis of its bilateral investment treaties, and a summary of investment cases involving the relevant State or its investors.

Towards a New CISG

The Prospective Convention on the International Sale of Goods and Services

Leandro Tripodi

In Towards a New CISG, Leandro Tripodi discusses the aging and need for renovation of the 1980 Vienna Sales Convention. Changes in global political circumstances and to the economy of international sales of goods have rendered the 1980 CISG a dated legal instrument. Its recognized flexibility is not sufficient to cope with past and, especially, with future changes brought about by the introduction of new technologies affecting all kinds of goods subject to trade.

In light of the challenges posed by 21st-century commerce, Dr. Tripodi proposes the adoption of a Convention on the International Sale of Goods and Services (CISGS). The idea of a new convention is based on the following facts: 1) goods and services are no longer as distinguishable as they were in 1980; 2) sales of goods and sales (i.e., the provision) of services are not as easy to apportion as the CISG supposes and can hardly continue to be treated separately by the legal sources of international trade.


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