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JURISDICTION: Rules of the road

07 June 2013  

Philippa Charles and Al Trent consider the vexed question of which law governs an arbitration agreement

Arbitration practitioners will be aware that the law governing an arbitration agreement can differ from the law governing its parent contract. For those not so familiar with the intricacies of the arbitration world, that proposition may seem counter-intuitive. Surely where a contract specifies a system of law by which it is to be construed, that stipulation will apply across the board, including to any dispute resolution provisions?


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Abuja International Hotels Ltd v Meridien SAS [2012] EWHC 87 (Comm)

    Arsanovia Ltd & ors v Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings [2012] EWHC 3702 (Comm)

    Bharat Aluminium Co v Kaiser Aluminium Technical Service Inc (Civil Appeal No. 7019 of 2005)

    Bhatia International Ltd v Bulk Trading SA [2002] 4 SCC 105

    C v D [2007] EWCA Civ 1282

    Fiona Trust & Holding Corp & ors v Privalov & ors [2007] UKHL 40

    Sulamérica Cia Nacional de Seguros SA & ors v Enesa Engenharia SA & ors [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 275 (first instance); [2012] EWCA Civ 638