Dominique Hascher – Les perspectives françaises sur le contrôle de la sentence internationale ou étrangère

Dominique Hascher – Les perspectives françaises sur le contrôle de la sentence internationale ou étrangère

In this article, the author focuses on the judicial review of “international” arbitral awards. He emphasizes the peculiarities of French law, which are essentially grounded on the conception of an autonomous arbitral legal order (Putrabali). The first part of the article deals with the mandatory requirements of arbitral awards (reasons, scope of arbitral jurisdiction, etc.), while the second describes the desirable limits of judicial review. Judicial activism, where really necessary, is encouraged. Notable examples include the revision of an award tainted by fraud, and the rules concerning the extension of the arbitration agreement. Judicial self-restraint is also of paramount importance. However, this self-restraint has been neglected in cases dealing with the arbitrators’ duty to disclose relevant circumstances, in matters related to their impartiality and independence.

The author concludes by identifying some important points that French courts should tackle in the future, that is, the admissibility of challenges against decisions rendered by arbitral institutions, and their role in the proceedings concerning challenges against arbitral awards.

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