International Arbitration and Domestic Laws: A Symbiotic Interaction?

  • Gustavo Moser
Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 3)


A symbiotic relationship is a biological interaction, optional or obligatory, as the case may be, where dissimilar organisms cooperate with each other to survive or improve their ‘life quality’. In such a relationship, both organisms benefit from this interaction, which could be termed a “win-win” scenario. If we take this analogy and transpose it to international arbitration and governing contract law, these questions may come to mind: how much weight is attributed to arbitration and governing contract law choices in cross-border transactions? How is this relationship nurtured? Is it nurtured at all? Is there any connection between arbitration and choice of law of which we should be aware?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Moser
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  1. 1.London Court of International ArbitrationLondonUK

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