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2 The Arbitration Agreement

Markus S. Rieder, Richard Kreindler

From: Commercial Arbitration in Germany

Richard Kreindler, Reinmar Wolff, Markus S. Rieder

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 September 2022

Choice of law — Arbitral rules — Arbitral agreements — Arbitral tribunals — Arbitrators — International courts and tribunals, decisions — International courts and tribunals, powers

This chapter explores the arbitration agreement from a variety of perspectives, first looking at the required content and the validity of an arbitration agreement. As an agreement, it is subject to grounds before invalidity and, once found valid, subject to interpretation. In order to qualify as an arbitration agreement, it must relate to a dispute within a defined legal relationship and must provide for arbitration for binding conflict resolution. The chapter then outlines the scope, effects, and issues of the termination of an arbitration agreement. Under German practice, the personal scope of the arbitration agreement extends to its parties, and in certain limited circumstances, it may also extend to third parties. The chapter concludes with typical additional contents of arbitration agreements, in particular with regard to the place of arbitration, the language of the proceedings, the selection of the applicable substantive law, and the selection ad hoc or institutional arbitration.

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