• Arbitration and Insolvency - Conflict of Laws Issues. Conflict of Laws in International Arbitration: Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Marta Tsvengrosh has obtained an LL.M. in Law from Lviv I.Franko University (Ukraine). She subsequently received an LL.M. from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with specialization in International Dispute Settlement. Her main area of professional interest is international arbitration.)


When the insolvency proceedings have been filed in a country different from the place of arbitration (cross-border insolvency), the arbitrators face difficult questions, including those referring to the effects of the foreign insolvency proceedings on the arbitration pending. This paper discusses whether cross-border insolvency can be a per se obstacle to international arbitration, and whether there are foreign insolvency laws that can neutralize pending arbitration proceedings. This paper emphasizes the importance of correctly characterizing issues arising in cross-border insolvency/arbitration. The relevance of correct characterization is illustrated by the Vivendi/Elektrim dispute, which led to conflicting decisions in England and Switzerland. This paper also analyzes whether foreign insolvency provisions limiting a tribunal's jurisdiction may be applied as mandatory rules.

MATERIAS: cross-border insolvency, the Vivendi/Elektrim dispute, international arbitration, conflict of laws