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International Arbitration
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The vitality or, alternatively, vitiation of the international arbitral process remains a pressing subject. The explosion of inter-State, investor-State, and international commercial arbitration in recent years magnifies the importance of the subject. This second edition combines the historical analysis of the first edition with a survey of the continued salience and contemporary developments for each of the three problems identified: (i) the severability of the arbitration agreement; (ii) denial of justice (and now other possible breaches of international law) by governmental negation of arbitration; and (iii) the authority of truncated international arbitral tribunals. The international arbitral process continues to be fortified against unilateral attempts to derail it and, to that end, this book will be a valuable guide for practitioners and scholars alike.


'It has been more than thirty years since Judge Schwebel - one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, living scholars and practitioner in the field of public international law - published the first edition of his seminal work International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems. Since then, international arbitration has gained tremendous ground and its popularity continues to grow. Yet the problems that existed then persist today. In large part, the answers to those problems lie in the basic tenets and the foundational principles of arbitration, of which the second edition of the book reminds us. The review and analysis of those contemporary issues of international arbitration through the prism of decades of evolution and case law makes the second edition of Judge Schwebel’s book a required ‘night-table’ reading for scholars and practitioners.'

Stanimir A. Alexandrov - Principal at Stanimir A. Alexandrov PLLC

'When it appeared, the first edition of this volume - elaborating Judge Schwebel’s three Lauterpacht Lectures given in 1987 - was read throughout the international arbitration community. The three essays embodied a sustained effort at grappling with foundational conceptual issues which then seemed rather novel. Their great contribution was not the creation of instant orthodoxy, but the challenge to those involved in the international arbitral process - whatever their ultimate conclusions - to think through some of its most important theoretical underpinnings. The flood of decided cases in the succeeding quarter of a century has left us wondering with increasing curiosity how Schwebel’s interrogations and initial conclusions have been affected. Assisted by Sobota and Manton, practitioners steeped in up-to-date developments, Schwebel now shows us how the book of arbitration continues to be written.'

Jan Paulsson - founding partner of Three Crowns LLP

'A revised and expanded version of one of the great classics of international arbitration. This excellent volume is a very valuable contribution to the field of international law.'

Gary Born - Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group, WilmerHale

'This volume is a classic and a must read for everyone involved in international arbitration.'

Emmanuel Gaillard - Head of International Arbitration, Shearman & Sterling

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