Now launched: Arbitrating for Peace

The book on how arbitration made a difference was officially released during the centennial symposium. "Arbitration for peace" places arbitration in a wider historical context, thereby making the subject accessible beyond the narrow circle of specialists without losing its legal relevance. The idea and concept of the book was initiated by the SCC, and it is published by Wolters Kluwer.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, Kofi Annan, writes in the foreword:

“Peaceful resolution of disputes rarely makes the headlines. The use of the rule of law in pursuit of peace often takes place quietly, far away from the limelight. The heroes involved; the men and women who make substantial contributions and advance peace in their capacities as brave political leaders, engaged legal specialists and wise adjudicators of integrity, receive little praise in international media. Their success remains relatively unknown.”


About the book

The book contributes to a continued dynamic development of dispute resolution in complicated or sensitive geopolitical contexts, and demonstrates how arbitration has and can continue to play an important role for international relations. Each chapter is devoted to different international landmark arbitration cases – primarily state-to-state but also including commercial disputes with geopolitical dimensions – and represents how arbitration has resolved disputes in cases regarding for example potential escalation of armed conflict, investor-state relations, expropriation of foreign companies, environmental issues, and migrants’ access and protection, and more.

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Editors and Contributors

Arbitrating for Peace is published by Wolters Kluwer, and has been edited by Ulf Franke, Annette Magnusson and Joel Dahlquist.

Foreword by Kofi Annan

Introduction by Stephen M. Schwebel

Authors biographies

CHAPTER 1: The Alabama Claims Arbitration: Statecraft and Stagecraft.
Jan Paulsson

CHAPTER 2: The Asser Arbitration.
Sabine Konrad

CHAPTER 3: Arbitrating Russian Concession Contracts: The Lena Goldfields Case.
Sergei N. Lebedev & Natalia G. Doronina

CHAPTER 4: The Trail Smelter Dispute.
Andrea J. Menaker 

CHAPTER 5: The Rann of Kutch Arbitration.
Robert G. Volterra

CHAPTER 6: The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal: A Unique Example of Arbitrating for Peace.
Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel

CHAPTER 7: The Legacy of the Aminoil Award.
Ahmed S. El-Kosheri

CHAPTER 8: Arbitrating in Stockholm during the Cold War: The US Embassy in Moscow.
Kaj Hobér

CHAPTER 9: Arbitrating for Peace in the Middle East: The Taba Award.
David W. Rivkin 

CHAPTER 10: The Rainbow Warrior Affair: Thirty Years After.
Anna Joubin-Bret

CHAPTER 11: The Brcko Arbitration.
R. Jade Harry

CHAPTER 12: Asian Agricultural Products Limited v. Sri Lanka: Twenty-Five Years Later
Meg Kinnear & Francisco Grob

CHAPTER 13: RosUkrEnergo versus Naftogaz of Ukraine
Johan Sidklev

CHAPTER 14: The Abyei Arbitration: A Model for Peaceful Resolution of Disputes Involving Non-state Actors
Wendy Miles



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