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Levin College of Law

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Arbitration and Competition

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The OECD has released Arbitration and Competition.

ABSTRACT: The use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation, to resolve commercial disputes with a competition component has increased exponentially in recent years. This interplay between arbitration and competition law has stimulated a lively debate amongst academics and practitioners and has led to interesting jurisprudential developments.
Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are comparable processes. The recourse to this so-called ‘extra-judicial’ methods of resolving disputes is based on the willingness of the parties to defer the adjudication of the dispute to a third party, i.e. an arbitrator, mediator, or an expert, rather than to a court.
Working Party N. 3 discussed advantages and disadvantages of arbitration compared to litigation before national courts; the arbitrability of competition claims; the duty of arbitrators to apply competition law; the review by courts of an arbitral award dealing with competition claims; and the use of arbitration clauses in merger remedies.

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