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Mandatory Laws in International Arbitration

11th November 2010

This seminar, hosted by Eversheds, will explore the topic of mandatory laws in international arbitration. Such laws profess to apply irrespective of the wishes of the parties and may reflect a state's public policy or socio-economic interests. In certain circumstances, mandatory laws can restrict or displace party autonomy, raising inevitable conflicts between the interests of the parties and the laws of the various states connected with the dispute. How arbitrators should resolve such conflicts and the extent to which they should apply mandatory laws is a central theme of this seminar. One panel of speakers will consider the general nature of mandatory laws, the justification for their application by tribunals, and how they affect the international enforcement of arbitral awards. A second panel will examine particular mandatory laws, for example in Switzerland, Australia and England, and consider topical issues in respect of each of these jurisdictions.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception.

More details about the event will be published on this webpage in due course.

This event has been kindly sponsored by:

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