This chapter is on key aspects of the cases brought to ICSID in its first two decades. It will be remembered from Chapter 7 that there were 25 of these cases—two conciliation cases and the rest arbitrations—registered between 1972 and 1988. Section I of the chapter examines the ways in which successive Secretaries-General handled the registration of requests to institute proceedings and, in particular, their “screening” of such requests. Patterns in the constitution of the conciliation commissions and arbitral tribunals are traced in section II, as are the first...
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