Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. §1782: Distinguishing International Commercial Arbitration and International Investment Arbitration

1 Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation (2013), Forthcoming

University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-10

96 Pages Posted: 6 May 2013  

S.I. Strong

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: May 6, 2013

Abstract

For many years, courts, commentators and counsel agreed that 28 U.S.C. §1782 – a somewhat extraordinary procedural device that allows U.S. courts to order discovery in the United States “for use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal” – did not apply to disputes involving international arbitration. However, that presumption has come under challenge in recent years, particularly in the realm of investment arbitration, where the Chevron-Ecuador dispute has made Section 1782 requests a commonplace procedure. This Article takes a rigorous look at both the history and the future of Section 1782 in international arbitration, taking care to distinguish between requests made in the context of international commercial arbitration and requests made in the context of international investment arbitration. In so doing, the Article considers issues relating to grants of jurisdiction, state interests and standard interpretive canons.

Keywords: 28 U.S.C. 1782, civil procedure, international litigation, international commercial arbitration, arbitration, investment arbitration, discovery, foreign tribunals, public international law, private international law, comparative law, treaties, investor-state arbitration, New York Convention

Suggested Citation

Strong, S.I., Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. §1782: Distinguishing International Commercial Arbitration and International Investment Arbitration (May 6, 2013). 1 Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation (2013), Forthcoming; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2261444

S.I. Strong (Contact Author)

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