Virginia Journal of International Law Association
A party that submits a controversy to arbitration may later regret having abandoned recourse to the courts. Once the award is rendered, the chosen arbitrator may no longer seem so wise to the losing party, who may refuse to comply with his decision. A legal system must therefore legitimize the arbitrator's authority if the award is to be more than an unenforceable attempt at conciliation.
William Park & Jan Paulsson,
The Binding Force of International Arbitral Awards
Virginia Journal of International Law
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