Pieter Sanders is indubitably a giant in the panoply of legal scholars and practitioners in the international field. He thus continues a proud Dutch tradition. De Groot, van Bynckershoeck, and Huber were his predecessors. He is easily ranked with them in his contributions to international legal scholarship and practice. Although often called the father of modern international arbitration, he has by no means limited his efforts to this field. He is also the creator of the charter of the European Corporation and, in addition to being the leading scholar, he is also the world’s leading practitioner, of what has been so aptly called the “art of arbitration.”
As the subtitle of the book here reviewed indicates, its contents reflect sixty years of arbitration practice. Far more than merely predicting, as its title suggests, where arbitration is likely to go, the book provides an encyclopedic and comparative review of arbitration all around the world. Of course, Professor Sanders’ treatments are invariably incisive, insightful and erudite. They exemplify his most creative contributions to a proper understanding of contemporary arbitration law.
I cannot adequately describe all of the valuable insights Professor Sanders offers. A random selection will have to do. Of course, this selection reflects my own preoccupations.