Journal of International Arbitration

Volume 27 (2010)

Volume 27 (2010) / Issue 3

Fabien Gélinas, 'Peeking Through the Form of Uniform Law: International Arbitration Practice and Legal Harmonization' (2010) 27 Journal of International Arbitration, Issue 3, pp. 317–330


When judged by the sheer amount of scholarly literature to which it has given rise, uniform law, taken broadly here to include all forms of interjurisdictional legal harmonization, is a vast subject. To a significant extent, however, this fascinating subject presents but an academic interest. That is because efforts toward legal harmonization and the incorporation of uniform law have remained in vain in many areas. Not so in respect of arbitration, the practice of which has seen spectacular growth in the context of international trade and commerce over the past twenty-five years. This article looks at the incorporation of uniform arbitration law both in its formal and informal manifestations. An overview of incorporation through procedural and substantive instruments is first provided with reference to Canadian arbitration laws. Drawing insights from a multidisciplinary look at the concept of “praxis” and the teachings of Lon Fuller, the article then looks at the status of arbitration practice vis-à-vis arbitration law and its incorporation, emphasizing the respective roles of experts and courts.

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ISSN: 0255-8106
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