Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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April 25, 2017

While the arbitration itself was born from a fascinating tripartite contract dispute with its roots inthe political upheaval following the so-called “Arab Spring,” the Federal Tribunal’s decision is of average interest only, as the Court was, once again, inclined to reiterate its narrow scope of review on the “right to be heard” (due process) in international arbitration.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_34/2016
Original language: 
French
Published: 
36 ASA Bull 996 (2018)
Parties
Counsel
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April 29, 2020

This dispute arose between a national football federation, two players (the Appellants) and the African Football Confederation (CAF, Respondent) over the African Cup of Nations U17 (CAN U17), an African football tournament organized at the continental level for players under 17, whose first and second teams qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_550/2019
Original language: 
French
Parties
Counsel
July 31, 2019

C.________ had requested the payment of a fee following the brokering of a settlement agreement with a state petroleum company on behalf of A.________ and B._________. The latter companies refused to pay and an arbitration with its seat in Geneva was initiated under the Swiss Rules, before three arbitrators. C.________ partially prevailed, and the Defendants appealed to the Federal Tribunal, citing violations of their right to be heard and a lack of equal treatment of the parties.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_74/2019
Original language: 
German
Published: 
38 ASA Bull 988 (2020)
Parties
Respondent: 
Counsel
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October 1, 2020

A dispute arose between two Indian nationals and the Republic of C.________. An Arbitral Tribunal was constituted in accordance with the UNCITRAL rules, under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Its seat was set in Geneva.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_156/2020
Original language: 
French
Parties
Counsel
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October 25, 2010

Considering the quantity of excellent advanced programs in international arbitration, let alone the innumerable seminars and programs to which we are constantly invited, one would have thought that blatantly pathological arbitration clauses were a thing of the past.

 

This opinion shows that pathological clauses still exist and that they continue to occasionally cause havoc.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_279/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 129 (2011)
Parties
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 
Arbitrator (s): 
October 16, 2003

Although the case dates back to 2003 and the translations start from 2008 only, with a few exceptions, this case justified an exception in view of its great interest as to the issue of an arbitration clause extended to an individual who had not signed it but was actively involved in the performance of the contract.

 

The opinion is quite long, but it is very interesting and  constitutes required reading.

Case information

Docket number: 
4P.115/2003
Original language: 
French
Published: 
22 ASA Bull 364 (2004), 129 III 727
Parties
Respondent: 
Counsel
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October 29, 2013

The case involved three license agreements for TV rights, entered into in 2009 and 2010. The licensors started arbitration proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and on December 20, 2012, the CAS Panel consisting of Hans Nater as sole arbitrator rejected the claim while partially upholding a counterclaim by the licensee.

 

The licensors appealed to the Federal Tribunal and the following points are of some interest in the opinion:

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_93/2013
Original language: 
Italian
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 351 (2014)
Parties
Respondent: 
Counsel
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September 24, 2019

A._______ was a joint venture formed under Turkish law by B.________ (holding a 67% interest) and C.________ (holding a 33% interest). D.________, was an independent entity organised under Libyan law and formed by an Act intended to further a large infrastructure project intended to bring fresh water from the south of the country to the more populous north.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_636/2018
Original language: 
German
Published: 
38 ASA Bull 726 (2020)
Parties
Counsel
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Chairman: 
Arbitrator (s): 
November 10, 2010

This opinion of the Federal Tribunal, although dated November 10, 2010, reached the website of the Court around the end of last year. It is quite interesting because it relates to an issue which is seldom addressed by the Federal Tribunal: that of the costs of an arbitration and the arbitrators’ entitlement to their fees.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_391/2010, 4A_399/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
29 ASA Bull 110 (2011)
136 BGE III 597 (2010)
Parties
Counsel
PDF version of the translation: 

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