The US Judicial Assistance Statute: A Powerful Tool in International Arbitration?
69 Dispute Resolution Journal 1 (2014)
14 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014
Date Written: February 4, 2014
The United States provides potentially broad access to US discovery procedures to interested persons who seek evidence for use in a proceeding before a foreign or international legal tribunal. The statute in question, 28 U.S.C. § 1782, can thus be a powerful evidence gathering tool for foreign litigants, including parties to international arbitrations. However, there are significant questions about the availability of the statute in international arbitration cases, particularly in private commercial arbitrations. We review the necessary conditions to application of the statute and the discretionary factors that courts consider when deciding whether to grant an application for discovery in aid of foreign proceedings.
Keywords: arbitration, judicial assistance, evidence
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