English Arbitration Act – London

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law presents its 11th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act 1996 on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

The 2007 annual review of the English Arbitration Act 1996 proposes a comparative look at developments in England as the courts now approach 1,000 decided cases since entry into force of the Act. This year’s review takes place against the background of claims by the Law Society (England and Wales: The Jurisdiction of Choice, October 2007) that London as an arbitration venue and English law are superior to civil law jurisdictions in terms of quality of legal norms, certainty, predictability, arbitration friendliness, lawyers and infrastructure. Are the Law Society’s claims legitimate or merely an expression of legal ethnocentrism by practitioners unfamiliar with systems of law other than their own?