BIICL: Unilateral Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses - Valid or Not?

May 8, 2013 | London, United Kingdom


  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
    Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square
    London, WC1B 5JP Map

This seminar, organised by Dr Eva Lein with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, examines so-called unilateral or asymmetric dispute resolution clauses, which oblige only one of the parties to bring their case in a specific court, while the other is free to select between different fora. Recently, the French Cour de Cassation has decided that this type of clause is invalid. Since, the validity of one-way jurisdiction clauses has been debated in various countries. The debate includes the question how hybrid arbitration clauses are to be assessed.

Speakers will discuss the French Supreme Court's decision; the views of different Member States on the interpretation of Art. 23 Brussels I Regulation; the future of unilateral jurisdiction clauses; and the interpretation of hybrid arbitration clauses.

WilmerHale Special Counsel Dr. Maxi Scherer will be speaking at this event.