The Interplay of International Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: The Softwood Lumber Controversy
University of Geneva; European University; Northwood University (HIM Campus, Switzerland)
February 1, 2011
Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 175-207, 2011
The Article discusses the interrelation of ‘competing’ international mechanisms for the settlement of disputes originating from the same factual background. The problem is assessed with reference to the of the fourth and fifth phases of the Softwood Lumber controversy between the United States and Canada - an immense dispute featuring the interplay between domestic litigation, investment arbitration and dispute settlement conducted under the rules of different chapters of the regional trade agreement (North American Free Trade Agreement), WTO dispute settlement, as well as interstate arbitration proceedings conducted within the London Court of International Arbitration under specially ‘customized’ rules of the latter.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: WTO, NAFTA, Softwood Lumber, Interstate Arbitration, LCIA, Investment, Investment Arbitration, WTO Dispute Settlement, Free Trade Agreement
JEL Classification: K33, K41, F21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 22, 2011
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