Arbitration: the support judge is not the guardian of the arbitration rules

The support judge does not have general jurisdiction to decide all disputes arising during the arbitration process. It is only competent to provide, on a suppletive basis, the constitution of an arbitral tribunal in case of risk of denial of justice. The support judge does not have jurisdiction to rule on a dispute relating to the wrongful performance by an arbitration institution of the contract of organization of the arbitration. This debate is within the jurisdiction of the common law jurisdiction.

Challenging the constitution of an arbitral tribunal in an application for annulment

The application for annulment of an arbitral award must not constitute a second way to challenge the constitution of the Arbitral Tribunal by a party who has belatedly challenged an arbitrator (Cour de cassation, 1st Civil chamber, 15 June 2017, no. 16-17108).   A telecommunications company and an African state were joint shareholders of a …

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