There are few more disruptive forces in arbitration than a party's unwillingness to engage in the proceedings. Party recalcitrance can impose unexpected costs on the arbitral process by dragging out the proceedings unnecessarily or, in a worse case scenario, by holding up the proceedings indefinitely. The UNCITRAL Rules would have little utility if they did not include a provision for combating this problem. Accordingly, Article 28, the subject of this Chapter, authorizes the arbitral tribunal to advance its work in the face of a party's default on its obligation to participate in the arbitration.
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