Book review: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett: Comparison of International Arbitration Rules - SAR 2003 - 2
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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, an American law firm, has published the
second edition of its Comparison of International Arbitration Rules. The book
presents a comparison of the international arbitration rules of five
institutions and two sets of ad hoc international arbitration rules:
• International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”);
• American Arbitration Association (“AAA”);
• London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”);
• Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”);
• World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”);
• United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
• Center for Public Resources (“CPR”).
The Comparison has been updated for this second edition to reflect
amendments in certain arbitration rules since the first edition was published
in 1998. Other changes in the second edition include the substitution of the
SCC rules for the arbitration rules of the International Center for
Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”).
The Comparison comprises four parts:
1. There is a one-page table of contents, with seven main topics (e.g.,
“Arbitration Clause,” “Commencement of Arbitration”), broken
down into various sub-topics.
2. The actual comparison of rules is a chart in “landscape” format, 144
pages long, which quotes the relevant provisions of the seven sets of
rules in adjacent columns for each topic. Thus, for example, under
the topic of “Constitution of the Arbitral Tribunal” and the subtopic
“Number of Arbitrators”, the reader will find the texts of
Articles 8(1) and 8(2) of the ICC rules, Article 5 of the AAA rules,
Article 5.4 of the LCIA rules, Articles 13(i) and 16(1) of the SCC
3. There is an index which complements the table of contents.
4. Finally, the appendix provides complete copies of all seven sets of