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Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

Abstract

This work discusses the possibility of the parties to change the burden of proof rules in international commercial arbitration and the powers of the arbitral tribunal in this regard, concluding that the parties are entitled to alter the referred rules subject to some limitations, such as the principle of fair and equal treatment, mandatory rules and considerations of public policy and good faith. In addition, we observed that even though arbitrators have broad powers to determine the burden of proof, they are generally obliged to respect the agreements reached by the parties in relation with that burden.

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