How to Draft An International Arbitration Clause: Nuts, Bolts and Strategic Considerations

The dangers of a poorly-worded international arbitration clause should not be underestimated. A clever adversary can exploit an imprecise international arbitration clause to challenge the jurisdiction of the arbitrators in the courts or, at the very least, to substantially delay the arbitral proceeding and significantly increase the legal fees necessary to resolve an international contractual dispute.

In this presentation, B. Ted Howes, a partner in the New York office and head of the firm's international arbitration practice in the United States, and Raid Abu-Manneh, a partner in the London office and co-head of the firm's Global International Arbitration practice, will provide practical instructions on how to draft arbitration clauses for international commercial contracts.

Ted and Raid will provide, initially, an overview of the basic advantages of using arbitration clauses (as opposed to court forum-selection clauses) in international contracts. They will then review the “essential” provisions and “highly recommended” provisions that should be used in every international arbitration clause, as well as the “optional” provisions that one may consider using in such a clause. The goal of the presentation is instruct attorneys on how to draft an arbitration provision that will best protect their clients, and most effectively minimize legal fees, in disputes that may arise under their international contracts.


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BST
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CEST United States
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT

CLE credit is pending

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The next webinar in the series will be held in February 2016 and the speakers will be Michael P. Lennon, a partner in our Houston office, and Mark Stefanini, a partner in our London office. They will be discussing international arbitrations topics that affect the energy industry.

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