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A Certain Uncertainty: The Duty of Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration

Forsberg, Jenny LU (2013) LAGF03 20131
Department of Law
Abstract
Arbitration is an immemorial dispute settlement method with references to be found in both Roman and ancient Greek law, such as Digesta, Codex Iustinianus and Novellae. Sweden also has a long tradition of commercial arbitration and it has been used as a dispute settlement method at least since the Hanseatic League was established. It is also believed that arbitration was used to settle commercial disputes in Visby during the 14th century.

The present paper will examine the duty of confidentiality and its consequences, after a delivered award in an international commercial arbitration and documents are disclosed or published. The main focus of the study is how different questions on confidentiality would be answered if the procedures... (More)
Arbitration is an immemorial dispute settlement method with references to be found in both Roman and ancient Greek law, such as Digesta, Codex Iustinianus and Novellae. Sweden also has a long tradition of commercial arbitration and it has been used as a dispute settlement method at least since the Hanseatic League was established. It is also believed that arbitration was used to settle commercial disputes in Visby during the 14th century.

The present paper will examine the duty of confidentiality and its consequences, after a delivered award in an international commercial arbitration and documents are disclosed or published. The main focus of the study is how different questions on confidentiality would be answered if the procedures take place in Sweden.

It is, however, essential to make comparisons to international arbitration institutes’ regulations and case law since arbitration is an internationally established dispute settlement method.

The confidentiality agreement has become central in the international arbitration discussion after the decision by the Supreme Court of Sweden in Bulbank. This thesis describes and discusses the necessity of a confidentiality agreement in order to avoid disclosure of documents. It is essential for the parties to know what kind of duty the agreement imposes upon them or, if they have not agreed on confidentiality, what an absence of an agreement might lead to.

A disclosure or publication of documents might lead to a cause to claim damages for the aggrieved party, i.e. the complainant, but the question remains against whom an aggrieved party can bring actions for damages. There have been extensive discussions on the duty of confidentiality over the last years but still some questions remain to be answered; especially on what a breach of the duty of confidentiality might result in. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Skiljedomsrätt är sedan urminnes tider en använd tvistelösningsmetod. Hänvisningar till skiljerätt finns att hitta i både romersk och gammalgrekisk rätt, så som Digesta, Codex Iustinianus och Novellae. Även Sverige har en lång tradition av kommersiellt skiljeförfarande och metoden har nyttjats som ända sedan Hansan etablerades. Förmodligen har skiljeförfarandet även använts för att avgöra kommersiella tvister i Visby under 1300-talet.

Denna studie kommer att undersöka tystnadsplikten och dess konsekvenser efter att en skiljedom avkunnats i ett internationell kommersiell skiljeförfarande och dokument blivit utlämnade eller publicerade. Fokus är hur frågor rörande sekretess blir besvarade om förfarandet sker i Sverige.

Eftersom... (More)
Skiljedomsrätt är sedan urminnes tider en använd tvistelösningsmetod. Hänvisningar till skiljerätt finns att hitta i både romersk och gammalgrekisk rätt, så som Digesta, Codex Iustinianus och Novellae. Även Sverige har en lång tradition av kommersiellt skiljeförfarande och metoden har nyttjats som ända sedan Hansan etablerades. Förmodligen har skiljeförfarandet även använts för att avgöra kommersiella tvister i Visby under 1300-talet.

Denna studie kommer att undersöka tystnadsplikten och dess konsekvenser efter att en skiljedom avkunnats i ett internationell kommersiell skiljeförfarande och dokument blivit utlämnade eller publicerade. Fokus är hur frågor rörande sekretess blir besvarade om förfarandet sker i Sverige.

Eftersom skiljeförfarandet är en internationellt vedertagen metod är det betydelsefullt att göra internationella jämförelser med internationella skiljeinstituts regelverk och till rättspraxis.

Sekretessavtalet har blivit central i den internationella skiljerättsdiskussionen efter Sveriges högsta domstols dom i Bulbank. Studien beskriver och diskuterar behovet av ett sekretessavtal för att undvika offentliggörande av handlingar. Det är essentiellt för parterna att veta vad för slags plikt de åläggs genom avtalet eller, om de inte har avtalat om sekretess, vad frånvaro av ett avtal kan leda till.

Ett utlämnande eller publicering av dokument kan leda till skadeståndsanspråk för den missgynnade parten, i.e. käranden, dock kvarstår frågan mot vem den missgynnade parten kan väcka skadeståndstalan. Trots omfattande diskussioner gällande tystnadsplikt de senaste åren kvarstår flera frågor att besvara vad ett brott mot tystnadsplikt kan leda till. (Less)
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Forsberg, Jenny LU
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LAGF03 20131
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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confidentiality, law, arbitration, sekretess, skiljedomsrätt
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English
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3800542
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The present paper will examine the duty of confidentiality and its consequences, after a delivered award in an international commercial arbitration and documents are disclosed or published. The main focus of the study is how different questions on confidentiality would be answered if the procedures take place in Sweden. 

It is, however, essential to make comparisons to international arbitration institutes’ regulations and case law since arbitration is an internationally established dispute settlement method. 

The confidentiality agreement has become central in the international arbitration discussion after the decision by the Supreme Court of Sweden in Bulbank. This thesis describes and discusses the necessity of a confidentiality agreement in order to avoid disclosure of documents. It is essential for the parties to know what kind of duty the agreement imposes upon them or, if they have not agreed on confidentiality, what an absence of an agreement might lead to. 

A disclosure or publication of documents might lead to a cause to claim damages for the aggrieved party, i.e. the complainant, but the question remains against whom an aggrieved party can bring actions for damages. There have been extensive discussions on the duty of confidentiality over the last years but still some questions remain to be answered; especially on what a breach of the duty of confidentiality might result in.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Certain Uncertainty: The Duty of Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration},
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