International Commercial Arbitration Posts

Competence-Competence, Delegation, and the AAA/ICDR Rules

This article argues that the 2021/2022 amendments to the AAA and the ICDR’s arbitration rules reinforces the Restatement’s interpretation of the rules as codifying competence-competence doctrine rather than constituting delegation clauses.

Defrosting Regulatory Chill

Analyzing 25 years of international investment dispute data, this Article’s findings challenge the conventional wisdom that the “ropes” are effective in chilling energy government policies.

Why Can’t We Be FRANDs?: Anti-Suit Injunctions, International Comity, and International Commercial Arbitration in Standard-Essential Patent Litigation

This Note recommends federal courts grant anti-suit injunctions in SEP litigation only under a restrictive test, rather than maintaining the current variation by circuit, and further suggests that Congress should codify this test. In the event of an injunction spiral that might preclude litigation altogether, SSOs should require the parties arbitrate the dispute before experts at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Together, litigation and arbitration can help preserve the interconnected and technologically compatible system currently in place around the world.

Who Decides if a Dispute Is Subject to Arbitration?

A recent case before the Florida Supreme Court has found that the incorporation by reference of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration rules in Airbnb’s Terms of Service constitutes clear and unmistakable evidence of the parties’ intent to delegate questions of arbitrability away from the court and to the arbitrator.

Supreme Court To Revisit Circuit Split over Discovery in Aid of International Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases—ZF Automotive US, Inc. v. Luxshare, Ltd., No. 21-401, and AlixPartners, LLP v. Fund for Prot. of Investors’ Rights in Foreign States, No. 21-518—to determine whether the discretion granted to district courts under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 (“Section 1782”) to render assistance in gathering evidence for use in a “foreign or international tribunal” includes seeking evidence in aid of private commercial arbitrations or treaty-based arbitrations.