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Parallel Proceedings in International Arbitration. A Comparative European Perspective

Parallel Proceedings in International Arbitration. A Comparative European Perspective

By Nadja Erk


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This book depicts and evaluates, in a European context, the pleas and actions which parties may make use of to dissolve the parallel jurisdiction of a national court and an arbitral tribunal. The author undertakes a thorough comparative analysis of the motivations for, and practice of, such pleas and actions with special regard to the major hubs where elaborate arbitration laws are tried and tested by the arbitration community – Germany, France, Switzerland, and England.

On the basis of four scenarios of parallel proceedings before national courts and arbitral tribunals, the analysis tackles such issues and topics as the following:

  • motivations for initiating parallel proceedings from the various parties’ perspectives;
  • remedies available to parties in situations of jurisdictional conflicts;
  • effect of the principle of competence-competence on national courts’ review of arbitration agreements;
  • pleas restricting national courts’ exercise of jurisdiction to a review of core principles (arbitration defence);
  • self-restraining pleas independent of an arbitration agreement (plea of litispendence);
  • actions for declaratory relief;
  • actions aimed at restraining another court’s or tribunal’s jurisdiction (anti-suit/anti-arbitration injunctions);
  • pleas invoked to avoid procedural inefficiencies and inconsistencies (plea of res judicata);
  • counsel’s duty of care and arbitral tribunal’s mandate to issue an enforceable award; and
  • litigation culture versus arbitration-friendliness.

Throughout, the author underlines the importance and applicability of relevant multinational and supranational conventions, institutional arbitration rules, the International Law Association’s recommendations, national laws in force and national courts’ case law including the case law of the European Court of Justice as regards the interface of arbitration and the Brussels Regulation.

In its focus on the jurisdictional pleas and actions available where proceedings on the same subject matter and between the same parties are pending both before a national court and an arbitral tribunal, this book has no peers. The author’s analysis of the characteristics of these jurisdictional pleas and actions, and their effectiveness in major European jurisdictions – from the perspectives of the national courts, the arbitrators, and the parties – is entirely new, and of immeasurable value to practitioners, corporate counsel, and interested policymakers and jurists.

Resources Table of Contents
Pages 352
Last Updated 05/15/2014
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041152640
SKU 10059390-0001
Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations.

List of Figures.


Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Competence-Competence.

Chapter 3 Jurisdictional Pleas and Actions with Parallel Proceedings before an Arbitral Tribunal and a National Court.

Chapter 4 Final Conclusion.


Table of Cases.

Table of Materials.