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7 The Law Applicable to the Merits and the Award

From: International Arbitration: Law and Practice in Switzerland

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Antonio Rigozzi

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 September 2021

Subject(s):
Choice of law — Conflict of laws — Awards — Conduct of proceedings — Confidentiality and privilege — Costs and expenses — Correction of award — Interpretation of award — Recognition

Before describing the main features of an award, this chapter discusses the determination of the law governing the merits of the dispute or lex causae. It considers the role of party autonomy in this respect and examines the scope and content of the potentially applicable substantive laws that may be chosen by the parties or selected by arbitral tribunals, from national laws to transnational rules of law (the so-called lex mercatoria) over trade usages and ex aequo et bono principles. It also discusses the relevance and impact of international public policy and overriding or internationally mandatory rules. Turning to the award, the last part of the chapter sets out a typology of arbitral decisions, addresses the required form and content of awards and discusses the deliberation process as well as issues such as institutional scrutiny, dissenting opinions, and the notification, publication, and effects of the award.

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