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The Croatia V. Slovenia Arbitration: The Silver Lining

For the final version of this article please see: 16.2 The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (2017)

19 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2017  

Tamar Meshel

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 8, 2017

Abstract

Much controversy has surrounded the recent arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia. Nonetheless, the proceedings represent a welcome step in the right direction in terms of the perception and use of arbitration as a quasi-diplomatic interstate dispute resolution mechanism. Such an approach to arbitration is evident both in the parties’ arbitration agreement and in the arbitral tribunal’s final award in this case. The article first explains the proper use of interstate arbitration in its original form as a quasi-diplomatic process. This process produces a final and binding decision that respects international law yet does not necessarily rely solely on it. The article then examines how this original quasi-diplomatic nature of interstate arbitration is reflected in certain aspects of the Croatia v. Slovenia case.

Keywords: interstate arbitration, Croatia v. Slovenia arbitration, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, international law

Suggested Citation

Meshel, Tamar, The Croatia V. Slovenia Arbitration: The Silver Lining (July 8, 2017). For the final version of this article please see: 16.2 The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3040269

Tamar Meshel (Contact Author)

University of Toronto Faculty of Law ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

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