Month: May 2022

Diversity in International Arbitration: Nurturing the appropriate discourse

By Octavie Jacquet, first-year master’s student in Economic Law, “If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking”[1] This quote, credited to Benjamin Franklin, clearly illustrate why diversity should be a necessity in our societies today. Indeed, the lack of diversity leads to similarity of thinking, a phenomenon even coined “groupthink” in psychology.[2] The […]

The Arbitral Tribunal’s Administrative Secretary: Judicial Assistant or Fourth Arbitrator?

By Chioma Menankiti, first-year master’s student in Economic Law, From Yukos v Russia to the Belgian Court of Cassation’s pending decision[1] on the drafting of an ICC award by an arbitral secretary, it is clear that the number of set aside appeals on the basis of the ‘improper use of secretaries’ is growing. Award annulment proceedings […]

Domestic Application of International Treaties: Calling for China’s Constitutional Reform

By Rosie Tang, first-year master’s student in Economic Law, The internal effect of a treaty is a matter of domestic law, a problem that each country deals with its own laws. The general practice of states today is to regulate this relationship through their constitutions, although there is no uniform practice. In 2020 alone, China […]