Magazine article Dispute Resolution Journal

Court Decisions That Shaped Commercial Arbitration

Magazine article Dispute Resolution Journal

Court Decisions That Shaped Commercial Arbitration

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Court Decisions that Shaped Commercial Arbitration Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice By Nicholas R. Weiskopf. Lake Mary, Florida: Vandeplas Publishing LLC (www.vandeplaspublishing.com), 2011. Hardcover. $79.95. 681 pages.

Should arbitrators strictly follow established legal rules? By what standards does a court determine when an arbitral mechanism is too flawed to have statutory protection? These are some of the questions Nicholas R. Weiskopf poses in this book, which was written as a law school course book but may also serve as a reference book for practitioners.

Although arbitration is an alternative to judicial dispute resolution, the courts have helped shape the process. High - lighted in this book are key cases and discussion of the statutes that provide authority for enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards.

Weis kopf, a professor at St. John's Uni versity School of Law, says statutory provisions requiring judicial enforcement of arbitration agreements have been the reason for the "explosive" expansion in the use of arbitration. Use of the pro - cess extends to claims arising under civil rights and securities statutes, among other laws designed to protect so-called "public rights. …

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