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The Decision-Making Process of Investor-State Arbitration Tribunals

By Mary Mitsi
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The Decision-Making Process of Investor-State Arbitration Tribunals explores the ways in which arbitral tribunals interpret the law in investor-state disputes. It examines the emergence of a specialised way of decision-making adapted to the characteristics and needs of investment arbitration. In the course of a single investor-state dispute, an arbitrator may make numerous decisions, from interpreting the treaty or national laws to taking into account case law, customs and policies. In practice, this process raises important issues regarding the consistency of arbitral awards and the predictability and legitimacy of the arbitral decision-making process. This is the first book to offer an in-depth analysis of the transnational characteristics of investment arbitration and to analyse the interpretive arguments of investment tribunals. It particularly examines the way tribunals reason their awards making reference to treaties, precedent, policies, general principles of law and customary law in their decision-making process.

What’s in this book:

The process arbitrators follow to render an award raises important concerns regarding the way arbitral awards are reasoned, and the further predictability and legitimacy of the investment arbitration framework. Drawing on publicly available arbitral case law supplemented with personal interviews with investment arbitrators, the author touches on such concepts and practices as the following:

  • an overview of various decision-making genres of arbitral tribunals: attitudinal, economic, strategic and legal;
  • the legal argumentation triptych of language–rhetoric–dialogue;
  • the specific language arbitrators have developed when interpreting the law;
  • how arbitrators use the concepts ‘standards’, ‘rules’, ’principles’ and ‘rights’;
  • the importance of the legal reasoning of arbitral awards and the role of rhetoric therein;
  • concepts of ‘acceptability’, ‘audience’ and ‘legitimacy’;
  • limitations of the public international law interpretive methodology enshrined in the Vienna Convention;
  • interpretation of precedents, customary law, general principles of law and policies;
  • the way national and international legal orders interact in the context of interpretation; and
  • how decision-making is connected to the issues of predictability, consistency and the rule of law.

The core of the book proposes a novel, full-fledged dialogical network theory for analysing the interpretation process.

How this will help you:

As an exemplary demonstration of developing theory to keep up with practice, this unique book provides a deeply engaged means for enhancing the practice of international arbitration. Its introduction of a new field of interdisciplinary analysis employing legal argumentation theories is sure to provide inestimable guidance for institutions and policymakers, especially in light of recent proposals for the creation of a permanent investment arbitration court. Given that unveiling the legal decision-making process is critical for the well-being of the whole dispute resolution procedure, and that being aware of how arbitrators interpret the law can constitute a roadmap for counsel’s arguments and approaches when dealing with cross-border disputes, the topic of this book is relevant for both academics and practitioners, and its significance can only grow as recourse to investor-state arbitration continues to expand.

 

 

Last Updated 12/26/2018
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041196002
SKU 10059600-0001
Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I
Arbitral Decision-Making

Introduction to Part I

CHAPTER 1
Decision-Making and Legal Argumentation

Conclusion to Part I

PART II
Language

Introduction to Part II

CHAPTER 2
Arbitral Legal Language

Conclusion to Part II

PART III
Rhetoric

Introduction to Part III

CHAPTER 3
The Dynamics of Reasoning

CHAPTER 4
The Functions of Reasoning

Conclusion to Part III

PART IV
Dialogue

Introduction to Part IV

CHAPTER 5
Dialogical Network: Theory

CHAPTER 6
Dialogical Network: Practice

Conclusion to Part IV

Conclusions

Annex Interview Questions

Bibliography

Table of Cases

Table of Legislation

Index

Volumes