Class and Group Actions in Arbitration - Dossier XIV

No. E771E

ISBN : 978-92-842-0414-4

Dossier XIV of the ICC Institute of World Business Law 

Several decades ago, a typical arbitration would involve one claimant against one respondent.Over the years, more and more cases involve several claimants against several respondents. Today, one third of all international ICC arbitrations seem to involve multiparty cases, multi-contract cases involving multiple contracts, multiple parties. The evolution has continued and the debate today is whether it would be possible for a class of people in the same situation or a group of citizens having the same interest to start one single arbitration procedure as a group or as a class. 

This publication examines the complex issues involved in class or group arbitration on a comparative law basis. Is there a place for such proceedings within the framework of the arbitration process? Class action procedures, as developed in the United States court system and more recently in Canada, are almost nonexistent in Euorpe. The European Commission has advocated collective redress as an important means of access to justice but class actions have found little enthusiasm in the Members States. The book highlights the lessons which have been learned from the experience of cases in the US and in Europe. 

What does the future hold for class, collective and mass arbitrations? Are they a marginal phenomenon or has their potential yet to be realized? What are possible solutions to the issues that have been encountered? Can we expect to see more of such arbitrations in the future? Written by arbitrators, academics and practitioners, this Dossier will provide the answers to these questions and many more. 

Code ISBN : 978-92-842-0414-4
Number of pages : 222
Publishing date : 2016
Language : English
Format in cm : 15.6*24

Foreword: Yves Derains

Introduction: Bernard Hanotiau, Co-editor


1. James H. Carter: Class Arbitration In the United States: Life After Death?
2. Christopher R. Dharozal: Class Arbitration in the United States
3. Geneviève Saumier: Mass and Class Claims in Arbitration 
4. José Miguel Júdice: Collective Arbitration in Europe
5. Philippe Billiet: Collective Redress and Class Arbitration in the EU
6. Christian Borris: Collective Arbitration: The European experience
7. Laura Carballo Piñeiro: Collective Consumer Arbitration in Spain
8. Eloïse M. Obadia: Mass Arbitrations in International Investment Cases
9. Carolyn B. Lamm, Eckhard R. Hellbeck and Onur Saka: Mass Claims in Investment Arbitration
10. Luca G. Raditcati di Brozolo and Flavio Ponzano: Representative Aspects of “Mass Claim” Proceedings in Investor-State Arbitration
11. S.I. Strong: Incentives for Large-Scale Arbitration
12. Pierre J. Dalphond: Will Canada Be the Next Frontier in Class Arbitration?
13. Elie Kleiman: The Future of Class, Collective and Mass Arbitrations in Europe

Concluding Remarks: Eric A. Schwartz, Co-editor

About the Authors



The ICC Institute of World Business Law

ICC Dispute Resolution Publications

Philippe Billiet

Christian Borris

Luca Radicati di Brozolo

Laura Carballo

James Carter

Pierre Dalphond

Yves Derains

Christopher R. Drahozal

Bernard Hanotiau

José Miguel Júdice

Elie Kleiman

Carolyn Lamm

Eloïse Obadia

Geneviève Saumier

Eric A. Schwartz

S.I. Strong

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