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33 - The Powers, Duties, and Rights of International Arbitrators

from Part VI - The Arbitral Tribunal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 February 2023

Stefan Kröll
Affiliation:
Bucerius Law School, Rechsanwalt Kröll
Andrea K. Bjorklund
Affiliation:
McGill University, Montréal
Franco Ferrari
Affiliation:
New York University
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The multi-faceted role of arbitrators is complex and protean. While there is consensus on the fact that the nature of the international arbitrator’s role entails according the arbitrator wide-ranging powers and that the arbitrator also undertakes a panoply of obligations, the scope of these powers and duties is not always well defined.Views about the nature and scope of these powers and duties might diverge depending on whether arbitrators are seen as service providers, justice purveyors, or both. Following a brief overview of this core question, the contribution proceeds to identify the sources of an arbitrator’s powers. Next, the most important duties of international arbitrators, including those pertaining to ethical obligations, the need to ensure due process, the necessity to apply the proper law, the duty to provide a reasoned award, and several others are explored. This contribution also highlights the most important rights of international arbitrators, such as the right to receive good faith cooperation from the parties, as well as the rights to remuneration and immunity, amongst others. Finally, we make some observations on ways in which the rights and duties entailed by the complex mandate of arbitrators can be reconciled in the event of conflict.

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Print publication year: 2023

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