The Arbitrator's Jurisdiction to Determine Jurisdiction
Article from: TDM 1 (2009), in Procedure, Advocacy, Strategy and Tactics in Arbitration
Introduction: The Limits of Language
Legal phrases, maxims and rules often enhance efficient dispute resolution by providing intellectual hooks on which to hang analysis, as well as mental handles with which to arrange otherwise complex arguments. Like the questions we ask, the language of the law can shape the choices ultimately made by arbitrators and judges. Words can beget misunderstanding as well as insight, however. Expressions which bear multiple meanings often find themselves employed with promiscuous disregard to context and function. The disorienting effect of language finds illustration ...