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Practising VirtueInside International Arbitration$
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David D. Caron, Stephan W. Schill, Abby Cohen Smutny, and Epaminontas E. Triantafilou

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739807.001.0001

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From Law Professor to International Adjudicator

From Law Professor to International Adjudicator

The WTO Appellate Body and ICSID Arbitration Compared, a Personal Account

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(p.204) 12 From Law Professor to International Adjudicator
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Practising Virtue
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Giorgio Sacerdoti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739807.003.0013

This chapter presents personal reflections on experience in transitioning from being a scholar of international law to being an international judge and arbitrator. Competence and connections as well as reputation for independence and impartiality were important for making this transition. Musing on the qualities that make good arbitrators, the chapter stresses the ability to work as part of a collective international peer group and the need for leadership and authoritativeness. At the same time, it argues for distinguishing between arbitration and dispute settlement in permanent international courts; while a ‘systemic perspective’, in this author’s view, is crucial in international courts, it has less importance in international arbitration, which is essentially a service to the parties.

Keywords:   international arbitration, arbitrators, judges, dispute settlement, international courts

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