It is increasingly held that international commercial arbitration is becoming colonized by litigation. This book addresses, in a range of ways and from various locations and sites, those aspects of arbitration practice that are considered crucial for its integrity as an institution and its independence as a professional practice. The chapters offer multiple perspectives on the major issues in play, highlighting challenges facing the institution of arbitration, and identifying opportunities available for its development as an institution. The evidence of arbitration practice presented is set against the background of practitioner perceptions and experience from more than 20 countries. The volume will serve as a useful resource for all scholars and practitioners interested in the institution of arbitration and its professional practices.
Vijay K. Bhatia is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English. Before joining the City University of Hong Kong in 1993, he worked at the National University of Singapore (1983Â]1993). He is also the founding President of the Association of LSP and Professional Communication for the Asia-Pacific Region. Some of his recent research projects include Analyzing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Documents, and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analytical Study, in which he leads research teams from more than 20 countries. His research interests include genre analysis of academic and professional discourses, including, legal, business, newspaper, advertising genres, ESP and Professional Communication. He has given more than 150 presentations in international conferences, including about 50 plenary and keynote papers in the last ten years. Christopher N Candlin is Senior Research Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. He was the Foundation Executive Director of the Australian Government's National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research from 1987-1998, and established the Research Centre in Language in Social Life, also at Macquarie. He has held Professorships at Lancaster, UK, The City University of Hong Kong, the UK Open University, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and holds Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Lancaster, Nottingham and Cardiff in the UK, and at Beijing Foreign Studies University. His current research is in the field of professional and organizational communication, particularly in healthcare and law. He has over 150 publications in terms of books, book chapters, papers in international academic journals in his fields of interest and commissioned reports, and has successfully supervised over 65 doctorate students. He is, or has been, a member of the Editorial Boards of several international journals, including Applied Linguistics, TEXT & TALK, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language Awareness, Journal of English for Specific Purposes and Communication in Medicine, and co-edits (with Srikant Sarangi) the Journal of Applied Linguistics (Equinox) which will be relaunched as the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice in 2010. Maurizio Gotti has been Professor of English Language and Translation since 1996. He is Director of the Language Centre at the University of Bergamo. He is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Head of the MA degree course in Foreign Languages for International Communication. He is also the founder and Director of CERLIS, the research centre on specialized languages based at the University of Bergamo. He has been President of the Italian Association of University Language Centres (1997-2000; 2004-2007), of the Italian Association of English Studies (1999-2001) and of the European Confederation of University Language Centres (2000-2004). His main research areas are the features and origins of specialized discourse, both in a synchronic and diachronic perspective. He is also interested in English syntax and English lexicology and lexicography, with particular regard to specialized terminology and canting. He is a member of the Editorial Board of national and international journals, and edits the Linguistic Insights series for Peter Lang.