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THE UNCITRAL MODEL LAW ON INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION: INTERPRETATION, GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND ARBITRABILITY

Pilar Perales Viscasillas

Abstract


This article explores the possible modification of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (MAL) to include the topic of arbitrability. This is an area in which the domestic legal systems differ, particularly in relation to the arbitrability of intra-corporate disputes. The article also deals with new art 2A, introduced into the Model Law in 2006, which deals with the interpretation and gap-filling system under the Model Law. The interpretation of MAL in accordance with its international character is a very important step towards uniformity and therefore the different tools required for a uniform interpretation are analysed. These include case law and scholarly writings; the meaning and importance of achieving both a uniform and an international interpretation of MAL are also considered. The article also analyses the whole text of MAL in order to arrive at the general principles on which the Model Law is based; when problems have to be solved, these principles should guide issues of interpretation that arise under this law.


Keywords


UNCITRAL, arbitration, interpretation, general principles, arbitrability

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