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Judicial Precedent and Arbitration - Are Arbitrators Bound by Judicial Precedent?


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABBREVIATIONS TABLE OF CASES INTRODUCTION PART 1 - PRECEDENTS AND ARBITRATION A. Precedents 1. The Nature of Precedent a. Persuasive precedents and binding precedents 2. A brief note on the distinction between civil law and common law approaches to precedents a. Civil Law and the case of Brazil b. Common law 3. Judge-made law vs. statutory law B. Arbitration 1. The Nature of Arbitration a. Domestic arbitration b. International arbitration c. Conclusion: the common ground C. Judicial Precedents and Arbitration 1. Common law a. Precedents and their binding effects on arbitrators b. Arguments against binding effects 2. Brazil a. Arguments against binding effects i. Predictive (or realist) approach ii. Systemic approach iii. Utilitarian (or pragmatic) approach iv. Literal approach v. Yet another literal approach b. Arguments in favour of binding effects i. Overview ii. Why do precedents bind? iii. Which precedents bind? iv. When do precedents bind? v. Opting out of precedents 3. A brief note on international arbitration: the legitimacy debate a. Judicial precedents and international arbitration PART 2 - VACATING ARBITRAL AWARDS BASED ON THE DISREGARD OF PRECEDENTS A. A parallel between disregarding the law and unauthorised decisions in equity, ex aequo et bono or as amiable compositeur B. Common law 1. The United States and the manifest disregard standard a. The FAA b. Wilko v. Swan (1953) c. Hall Street (2008) d. The circuit split on manifest disregard e. Conclusion 2. The United Kingdom and the appeal on point of law a. Sections 67 and 68 of the EAA: lack of jurisdiction and serious irregularity b. Section 69 of the EAA: Appeal on point of law i. The question of law ii. Requirements for the appeal on point of law iii. Remedies pursuant to Section 69 c. Conclusion C. Brazil 1. For a clear standard of review: conscious disregard of binding precedent 2. Annulment suit 3. Denying enforcement to domestic awards 4. Reclamacao D. Recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards: the New York Convention and the disregard of precedent 1. Brazil 2. United States 3. United Kingdom 4. Conclusion CONCLUSION

About the Author

Guilherme Rizzo Amaral has taught Procedural Law at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and at Fundacao Escola Superior do Ministerio Publico (FMP). He was a member of a committee that assisted the Brazilian House of Representatives in the drafting of the bill of the new Brazilian Code of Civil Procedure. He is one of the founding partners of Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados (Brazil), where he heads the Dispute Resolution practice.

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