Counterclaims in International Law

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Michael Waibel

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; University of Cambridge - Jesus College

Jake Rylatt

University of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

Counterclaims are claims raised by respondents. Various international courts and tribunals have expressed their jurisdiction to hear counterclaims as an emanation of their inherent powers, even though their constitutive instruments are silent. Modern rules of court often contain provisions on counterclaims. So do the principal instruments and rules regulating international investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. Counterclaims allow a tribunal to streamline and simplify the settlement of complex international disputes, where parties each present claims related to the same underlying dispute. However, respondent States may opportunistically squeeze tenuously related ‘counterclaims’ within the ambit of the jurisdiction established over the principal claim. This chapter addresses the role of counterclaims before the ICJ and international investment arbitration tribunals.

Keywords: counterclaims; ICJ; investment arbitration

JEL Classification: K33; K41

Suggested Citation

Waibel, Michael and Rylatt, Jake, Counterclaims in International Law (December 1, 2014). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 66/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2511847

Michael Waibel (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Lauterpacht Centre for International Law ( email )

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University of Cambridge - Jesus College ( email )

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Jake Rylatt

University of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law ( email )

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
5 Cranmer Centre
Cambridge, CB3 9BL
United Kingdom

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