Introduction by: Professor Jean R. Sternlight, “Arbitration Schmarbitration”: Examining the Benefits and Frustrations of Defining the Process

Professor Deborah R. Hensler and Ms. Damira Khatam, Re-Inventing Arbitration: How Expanding the Scope of Arbitration Is Re-Shaping Its Form and Blurring the Line Between Private and Public

Contemporary academic research and scholarship are highly specialized. Legal scholarship on arbitration reflects this trend. There is extensive literature on domestic arbitration jurisprudence, on international commercial arbitration practice, and on investor-state arbitration procedure, and there are debates about the appropriate use of arbitration within all of these domains. But few of the participants in these debates are attentive to developments outside their own domains
, and there are few examples of scholarship surveying trends across the three domains. Undertaking that analysis reveals important similarities in the challenges facing arbitration in each domain and in the responses to these challenges. Looking across all three domainsdomestic arbitration within the United States, international commercial arbitration, and investor-state arbitrationwe observe an expanding application of arbitration beyond purely private disputes to disputes with significant public policy dimensions. In response, there is increasing pressure in all three domains to incorporate arbitration measures traditionally associated with public courts, including due process protections, public appointment of adjudicators, and process and outcome transparency. The result is a new form of dispute resolution, neither wholly private nor fully public, and satisfying neither those who promote the virtues of private dispute resolution nor those who insist that public courts are the proper locus for disputes with important public policy implications. We argue that re-inventing arbitration to adhere to public justice norms risks undermining its value for private actors with private disputes, while at the same time undermining courts as institutions for public contest over public policy issues. Rather than adding the trappings of public adjudication to arbitration, we should re-think the scope of arbitration in domestic and international spheres. 

Professor Hiro N. Aragaki, The Metaphysics of Arbitration: A Reply to Hensler and Khatam

Professor Benjamin P. Edwards, Arbitration’s Dark Shadow

Professor Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, The Blurring of the Public/Private Distinction or the Collapse of a Category? The Story of Investment Arbitration

Professor Teresa J. Verges, Evolution of the Arbitration Forum as a Response to Mandatory Arbitration

Professor Thomas O. Main, Arbitration, What is it Good for?

Professor Imre S. Szalai, Reconciling Fault Lines in Arbitration and Redefining Arbitration Through the Broader Lens of Procedure

Professor David L. Noll, Response: Public Litigation, Private Arbitration?