In international arbitration, the parties and other persons involved, such as arbitrators, witnesses and experts, may come from different linguistic backgrounds.1 Priority given to one language may present issues of fairness, while the right of all involved to operate in their own language can lead to inefficiency and delay. The choice of language of the proceedings presents issues addressed by the UNCITRAL Rules—in particular by Article 19(1). This article contains the general provisions for determining the language of oral proceedings and written statements....
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