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Party-Appointed Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration by Alfonso Gomez- Acebo

Party-Appointed Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration

By Alfonso Gómez-Acebo


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International Arbitration Law Library Series Volume 34

Party-Appointed Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration presents a detailed examination, long overdue, of how the agreement of disputing parties to each make a unilateral agreed-upon appointment of an arbitrator affects the actual process of arbitration. The topic of unilateral nominations itself is of general interest to everyone in the arbitration community. Three-member arbitral tribunals with two party-appointed arbitrators are the most frequent tribunals in international arbitration and, therefore, virtually all arbitration practitioners are often confronted with questions about the system of unilateral nominations. This book takes a step forward by offering a comprehensive study of the system of party-appointed arbitrators in international commercial arbitration. The study takes a three-pronged approach: historical analysis of unilateral nominations, a theoretical critical assessment of how the system of unilateral nominations currently works and a comparative empirical study of challenges of arbitrators depending on the method of appointment.

What’s in this book

This book’s central critical assessment addresses several issues including:

  • limits to the right of the parties to make unilateral appointments;
  • the principle of equality of the parties in the constitution of the arbitral tribunal;
  • arbitrators’ duty to be impartial and independent;
  • specific problems of bias in tribunals with party-appointed members;
  • the question of whether a different standard of impartiality and independence in party-appointed arbitrators makes any sense;
  • the presumption that party-appointed arbitrators can do things that presiding arbitrators cannot; and
  • the question of whether it is worth keeping the system of unilateral appointments as the default method for the constitution of multiple-member tribunals, or keeping it at all.

This empirical study, in which the author offers a comparative analysis of challenges of arbitrators taking into account the method of appointment of the arbitrator, reveals interesting differences and coincidences between party-appointed and non-party appointed arbitrators.

The book ends with some suggestions on how the system of unilateral appointments could be improved, namely in order to increase the trust of each party in the arbitrator appointed by the other party and to allow an accurate match between what arbitration end-users may want from party-appointed arbitrators and what they ultimately get.

How this will help you

Party-Appointed Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration fills a gap in arbitration literature. Much has been written about party-appointed arbitrators; most articles are focused on particular aspects of the system of unilateral nominations, but there is no comprehensive or monographic study on unilateral appointments in the market such as this work. For both its thorough and well-informed analysis and its sound recommendations in relation to party-appointed arbitrators, this book is sure to be welcomed by professionals in the arbitral community worldwide, as well as by arbitration law academics.

Last Updated 04/26/2016
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041166715
SKU 10059393-0001
Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations.



Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Historical Background.

Chapter 3 The Right to Make a Unilateral Appointment.

Chapter 4 The Standard of Impartiality and Independence.

Chapter 5 Problems of Bias in Party-Appointed Arbitrators.

Chapter 6 Problems of Bias: A Comparative Empirical View.

Chapter 7 Concluding Remarks.

Appendix to Chapter 6: Data for Figures 6.1 to 6.21.