India being a country of Adhoc arbitrations, the responsibility to manage the arbitrations also is on the arbitrators. The said Management of the case includes framing of arbitration procedure, arranging meetings, fixing deadlines, drafting of proceedings, dispatching of proceedings and dispatching of arbitration awards after the arbitration proceedings are completed.
Arbitration is the private dispute resolution mechanism which is proved to be an effective alternate to the regular National Court dispute resolution through litigations in India. To become an arbitrator, there is no requirement of a legal or technical qualification.
In a recent Judgment delivered on 13th September 2018 Supreme Court of India upheld the Judgment of High Court of Madras held that a foreign award which is not stamped is enforceable in India in Shriram EPC case.
In a Judgment dated 20th July 2018, in the matter of National High Ways Authority Limited Vs Gammon Engineers and Contractors Pvt Limited, Delhi High Court held that the Arbitral tribunal is bound by the Arbitration agreement between the parties.
Even though arbitration is a private mechanism for resolving commercial disputes, the supervising courts have powers to supervise the arbitration and even to set aside an arbitration award on the grounds provided in the procedural law of the country.
When one party is from China and the other party is from India, parties jointly choose Singapore as the seat of arbitration, excluding both China and India to have jurisdiction over the matter and Singapore becomes the neutral seat. It is important to note that the neutral seat also comes with the procedural law of that country
Normally, parties do not realize the importance of negotiating dispute resolution clauses, while signing the contract since the commercial team which negotiates contracts would be focusing only on the commercial terms. But, the dispute resolution clause if not negotiated properly keeping in mind the requirements of a complete and enforceable dispute resolution clause,
In a recent Judgment of Supreme Court of India, dated 13th July 2018 in a case between National High Ways Authority of India Vs Gwalior Jhansi Express Way Limited (2018 Online SC 688), the court set aside an Arbitrators order on the ground of “Fundamental Policy of Indian law” holding that the order passed under S.17 of the Act
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