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Choice of Law Governing Arbitrability: A US Court Faces a Perennial Conundrum

The question of what law is to be applied to determine the existence, validity, or scope of a purported agreement to arbitrate between parties from different nations (and subsidiarily, how the answer might depend on whether the question is presented to a court or an arbitral tribunal) has long attracted considerable attention in the scholarly […]

“Clerical Error” and the Functus Officio Doctrine: Common Law Limits on Amendments to Awards?

As arbitrators we think quite a lot about “functus officio,” this being a quaint latin expression for our status on the morning after delivery of a final award. But we do not often enough think about or discuss where this disempowered status fits within the scheme of arbitration law — a question to which the […]

Judicial Power to Enjoin Arbitration: Clear Analysis from the Second Circuit

Arbitration Commentaries has written on more than one occasion on the question, not consistently decided in the US courts, of whether the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) provides authority for a federal court to enjoin a pending arbitration. In a significant recent decision, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court’s order enjoining […]