Transparency in Arbitration: Webcast of the Sudan Abyei Arbitration
No sooner had I read Peter’s thought-provoking post about transparency in arbitration than I received a link to a complete webcast of this month’s arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army over the Abyei region. This appears to be the first videotape/webcast of an arbitration between a state and a non-state actor. (Readers: Do you know of any other audio or video recording of an arbitration involving states?). The impressive arbitration panel is presided over by Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy and includes Judge Awn Al-Khasawneh, Judge Stephen Schwebel, along with Professors Gerhard Hafner and Michael Reisman. The complete webcast represents five and half days of proceedings (April 18-23) at the Hague, which are broken up into 90-minute clips following the issues as argued by the parties. For those of you who teach arbitration, this is a treasure trove of material for classroom use.
Hat tip: Stacie Strong.