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CHAPTER 9 Dispute boards: Trends, observations, developments and procedures

Construction Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution


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CHAPTER 9

Dispute boards: Trends, observations, developments and procedures

Dispute boards: Trends, observations, developments and procedures

Gould Nicholas McCrea Robbie

Introduction

9.1 Dispute boards (DBs) originated in North America as a pre-arbitral procedure designed to avoid formal proceedings by having an independent expert (or board of experts) issue non-binding recommendations to the parties. They first entered international usage in the late 1980s and early 1990s where they were successfully used in mega-projects such as the Channel Tunnel1 and Hong Kong International Airport.2

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