2017 | Enero 2
The decisive underlying reasoning (motifs, Begründung) is, without doubt, an essential part of any arbitral award and as such bears the potential of frustrating parties and arbitrators alike. On the one hand, elaborate reasoning in arbitral awards more often than not comes at the price of long waiting periods for the issuance of the awards, and periods of meticulous drafting on the part of the arbitrator(s). On the other hand, a lack of elaborate reasoning may likewise be a headache, since it exposes the arbitral award to setting aside.
From a practitioner’s point of view, how do you reconcile the extremes? When can the decisive underlying reasoning of an arbitral award be considered sufficient against the background of possible setting aside proceedings? Clearly, these are questions that must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Further, any assessment will necessarily be informed by the relevant lex arbitri.