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International Arbitration and Developing Countries: What are the Benefits and What is the Way Forwar


Some legal commentators suggest that international arbitration is not working for the benefit of developing countries. Yet, this is a very simplistic statement, which fails to take into account that international arbitration occurs on the basis of consent of all parties for the fulfilment of their respective interests.

This event analysed this critical premise in light of the complex elements which lead to the conclusion of arbitration agreements and circumstances that trigger arbitration, be it commercial or inter-state. In particular, the seminar focused on the quality of performance of developing countries in litigation, on their success rate in these disputes, as well as on prospects for the improvement of the system of international arbitration in order to encourage participation of developing countries.

This event was followed by a drinks reception.

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  • N Jansen Calamita, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Dr Gbenga Oduntan, Kent Law School
  • Fedelma Claire Smith, Permanent Court of Arbitration


  • Emmanuelle Cabrol, Herbert Smith Freehills

Event convened by Dr Andra┼ż Zidar, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

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