Marianne Roth


Traditionally, requests for interim relief have been a construct of courts. However, arbitrators are increasingly being asked to make such rulings themselves. Requesting interim relief from an arbitrator, as opposed to the court, is particularly appealing in international arbitration, where parties often engage in arbitration as a way of avoiding local courts and any home court advantage that may be associated with them. Sometimes, though, interim relief may be unavailable from the arbitral tribunal; for example, when coercion is associated with the requested measure. In such situations, the powers to grant interim measures are shared between arbitral tribunals and courts. Yet, it appears necessary to draw boundaries between their respective areas of jurisdiction.



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