Aspects philosophiques du droit de l’arbitrage international. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Livres de poche de l'Académie de Droit International de La Haye), Leiden, 2008
International arbitration law lends itself even more to a legal theory analysis than private international law. The fundamentally philosophical notions of autonomy and freedom are at the heart of its field of study. Similarly essential are the questions of legitimacy raised by the parties' freedom to favor a private form of dispute resolution over national courts, to choose their judges, to tailor the procedure they deem appropriate, to determine the rules of law that will govern the dispute even where the chosen rules are not those of a given legal system, as well as the arbitrators' freedom to determine their own jurisdiction, to shape the conduct of the proceedings and, in the absence of an agreement among the parties, to choose the rules applicable to the merits of the dispute.
The present work intends to identify the philosophical premises that underlie this field of study, to show their profound coherence and the practical consequences that follow in the resolution of seminal disputes of international commerce (In French).