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October 19, 2018

The Practice of Agents in International Adjudication


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Partner Jeremy Sharpe (Paris-International Arbitration) authored an article titled “The Agent’s Indispensable Role in International Investment Arbitration,” published in the September 2018 issue of the ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal.

In this article, Jeremy discusses the practice of agents in international adjudication. Government agents generally enhance the State’s credibility and reliability as a litigating party; increase the legitimacy of the adjudicative process; improve coordination and management of the State’s international disputes; and help the State formulate litigation positions consistent with its broad, long-term legal and policy interests. These roles are no less essential to the effective representation of the State in international investment arbitration, to the legitimacy of the investment arbitration system and to the sound development of international law. Government agents thus are arguably as indispensable in international investment arbitration as they are in all other forms of international adjudication.

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