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The International Arbitration Review Updates Practitioners on International Arbitration Developments in Jurisdictions Around the World

by Claudio Salas

August 2020

Claudio Salas

As Mr. Carter notes in the preface to the 11th edition, “[i]nternational arbitration is a fast-moving express train, with new awards and court decisions of significance somewhere in the world rushing past every week.”  To keep up to speed, the dedicated practitioner would need to spend several hours a day reading the popular industry publications that daily track new cases and other developments in international arbitration.  The International Arbitration Review is not one of these publications, but it is also not a publication with scholarly articles on international arbitration theory and trends, which are often somewhat removed from the fast-moving international arbitration express train.  The International Arbitration Review lies somewhere in-between these two types of publications.  As Mr. Carter explains, “there is a niche to be filled by an analytical review of what has occurred in each of the important arbitration jurisdictions during the past year, capturing recent developments but putting them in the context of the jurisdiction’s legal arbitration structure and selecting the most important matters for comment.”

The International Arbitration Review expertly fills this niche.  Published once a year, the International Arbitration Review surveys thirty-seven jurisdictions from Argentina to Vietnam and many in-between, including key international arbitration jurisdictions such as China, England, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States.  The chapter for each jurisdiction is written by an experienced practitioner in that jurisdiction.  Each chapter explains the legal structure of that jurisdiction and details key cases and legislative developments, explaining how they fit within the jurisdiction’s existing legal structure and doctrine.  Each chapter also details any legislative development in the jurisdiction and, as a separate subsection, discusses any investor-state developments relating to that jurisdiction.

More recently, in addition to the individual jurisdiction chapters, the International Arbitration Review has included additional chapters to provide a more global overview.  The 11th addition contains four such chapters: an Asean overview, an Africa overview, a chapter on energy and commodity arbitration, and a chapter on financial debt and damages in international arbitration.

Given the broad reach of the International Arbitration Review, it is likely that any international arbitration practitioner will find one or more chapters of professional benefit. See

Claudio Salas is Special Counsel at WilmerHale. He represents clients in diverse industries in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted in venues throughout the world under a variety of arbitral rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, ICDR and UNCITRAL. He also represents clients in international litigation in US federal district and appellate courts, and in FCPA and other government investigations. A native Spanish speaker, he frequently handles matters originating in Latin America.


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