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Edited by Georges Affaki, Horacio Alberto Grigera Naón


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ICC Dossiers Volume 12

The choice of jurisdiction is one of the most important provisions of a contract. The jurisdiction clause determines the national Court, and its rules of conflict, or the arbitral tribunal, whose role will be to give effect to the parties’ agreement on the substance and on the applicable law. Written by arbitrators, academics and practitioners, this dossier addresses the multiple challenges facing the jurisdiction clause through an expert in-depth comparison of syndromes and proposed solutions in both arbitration and court proceedings.

Are asymmetrical jurisdiction clauses enforceable? What is the proper law for the arbitration clause? What occurs in countries where the validity of the arbitration agreement is determined pursuant to a substantive approach rather than one of conflict of laws? Is there a risk that The Hague Convention on choice of court agreements will create a conflict with the current substantive law and increase ex ante uncertainty?

These challenging questions and many others in relation to the effectiveness of jurisdictional choices are covered in this Dossier. An indispensable read for those dealing with international contracts or involved in international arbitration.

The ICC Institute of World Business Law brings together the finest legal minds to strengthen links between international business practitioners and the legal profession. The Institute’s ‘Dossiers’ is a series that has gained international prestige. These Dossiers are the outcome of the Institute’s annual meetings, where experts from around the globe come together to discuss salient issues of international commercial law and arbitration.

An ICC Services publication, distributed by Kluwer Law International.

Resources Table of Contents
Pages 240
Last Updated 06/22/2015
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041162403
SKU 10059307-0001
Table of Contents

Foreword Yves Derains.

Introductory Remarks Georges Affaki and Horacio Grigera Naón.


1 Maxi Scheerr A Cross-Channel Divide Over Unilateral Dispute Resolution Clauses.

2 Alan Scott Rau “Asymmetrical Arbitration Clauses.

3 Anton Asoskov Unilateral Optional Dispute Resolution Clauses.

4 Marie-Elodie Ancel A French Introspection.

5 Diego .P Fernández Aroryo The Limits to the Parties’ Free Choice of Jurisdiction.

6 Marie Bearrd The Limits to the Parties’ Free Choice of Jurisdiction.

7 Eric Loquin La désignation dissymétrique des arbitres. Chapter Summary in English Asymmetric Appointment of Arbitrators.

8 Paolo Michele Patocchi L’arbitre peut-il être nommé selon une modalité non-paritaire? Chapter Summary in English Disparities in the Choice of Arbitrators.

9 Julian DM Lew Q C Sulamérica and Arsanovia: English Law Governing Arbitration Agreements.

10 François-Xavier Train Droit applicable à la convention d’arbitrage international.Chapter Summary in English The Law Applicable to the International Arbitration Clause.

11 Laurence Usunier Le droit applicable à la validité des clauses attributives de jurisdiction en vertu de l’article 25§1 du Règlement Bruxelles I bis. Chapter Summary in English The Law Governing the Substantive Validity of Jurisdiction Clauses under Article 25§1 of the Brussels Recast Regulation.

12 Carlos Alberot Carmona Subjective Arbitrability.

13 Arnaud Nuyts Owusu, Gasser, Turner and West Tankers.

14 Gilles Cuniberti Choice of Court Agreements and Lis Pendens in the Brussels I bis Regulation.