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Part II Guide to Key Preliminary and Procedural Issues, 7 The Fate of Frivolous and Unmeritorious Claims

Katia Yannaca-Small, David Earnest

From: Arbitration Under International Investment Agreements: A Guide to the Key Issues (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Katia Yannaca-Small

From: Investment Claims (http://oxia.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. date: 10 December 2023


The term ‘frivolous’ is sometimes used to describe a claim which is filed with knowledge that it has little or no chance of succeeding. This chapter examines the procedures available under international investment agreements and international arbitration rules to address on a preliminary and expedited basis claims that are frivolous in the sense of being baseless and unmeritorious, regardless of claimant’s motives. The current trend towards preliminary and expedited consideration of a request that an application in investor-state arbitration be dismissed as frivolous is rooted in the 2004 US Model Bilateral Investment Treaty and the 2006 amendment to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) Rule 41(5). There is also an emerging focus on the summary disposition of such frivolous claims in international arbitration rules traditionally concerned with commercial arbitration.

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