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David D. Caron, Stephan W. Schill, Abby Cohen Smutny, and Epaminontas E. Triantafilou

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739807.001.0001

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Sociology of International Arbitration

Sociology of International Arbitration

(p.187) 11 Sociology of International Arbitration
Practising Virtue

Emmanuel Gaillard

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses international arbitration as a social field that is structured by social actors and their rituals. The social actors are structured into essentials actors, such as the parties and arbitrators; arbitration service providers, such as arbitration institutions and counsel; and value providers, such as states passing arbitration legislation, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and arbitration scholars. Rituals that structure the interaction of these actors are, inter alia, arbitral hearings, arbitration conferences, and prizes given as symbols of professional recognition. The sociological helps to illustrate how international arbitration has changed during the past decades from a ‘solidaristic’ to a more ‘polarized’ field, in which different roles in the arbitral process are allocated to different actors and where arbitration becomes subject to intense outside scrutiny.

Keywords:   international arbitration, social field, social actors, rituals

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