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International Commercial Arbitration - September 2014

Department of International Law organizes Peru conference on The Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration

A conference this past September 12 on the role of the judiciary in international commercial arbitration, was organized by the Department of International Law (DIL) to provide judges in Peru a short-form version of the subject of the High-Level Meetings on the Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration that the DIL organized in Costa Rica, Chile, and Uruguay.

Peru conference on The Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration

These High-Level Meetings have brought together senior judges and their peers from different countries, as well as international experts, arbitrators, and academics to discuss, among other topics, proper application of international instruments on enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. Members of the judiciary in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, among others, have participated so far.

Organized jointly with Catholic University of Peru's Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, this conference was held under the aegis of the VIII International Arbitration Congress, and is recognized by the arbitration community as the premier academic event to share and discuss current issues related to the latest developments in arbitration law as well as in national and international arbitration practice.

A keynote address delivered by Dr. Roman Solis, a justice on the Supreme Court of Costa Rica, kicked off the event. While stressing that it was important for the region’s judiciaries to share experiences, he updated his audience on major developments in his country in the area of judicial intervention in arbitration. Among developments, he cited the analysis, done by the First Chamber under his charge, of the first motion submitted to that body to vacate the arbitration award.

Justice Solís further noted that there was a Domestic Arbitration Law that had been in force for more than fifteen years; as well as the passage, in 2011, of the International Arbitration Law of Costa Rica.

The keynote address was followed by a panel discussion, in which Judge Solis, as well as Dr. Marianella Ledesma, Magistrate with the Constitutional Court of Peru, and Dr. Paula María All, university professor and partner with Jauchen & Associates, took part. Moderated by Dr. Mauricio Raffo, a partner with Miranda & Amado, the panel gave a more in-depth analysis of the role of a judge before, during, and after arbitration proceedings, and held the attention of a large audience of national judges, academics, students, and professionals in the industry.

The High-Level Meetings and this national edition are part of an OAS cooperation project supported by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. They are conducted pursuant to an OAS General Assembly mandate, contained in resolution AG/RES. 2852 (XLIV-O/14) "Promotion of International Law," adopted on June 4, 2014.

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