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Arbitration Discourse in Asia


Edited By Vijay K. Bhatia and Maurizio Gotti

Arbitration is the most widely used alternative method to resolve commercial disputes between parties. Since arbitration in international contexts is equally applicable to legal traditions across the world, there has been incessant effort on the part of all jurisdictions to harmonize principles and practices to establish a unified system of arbitration. As differences are difficult to reconcile, there has been quite a bit of interest and effort invested in the study of some of the key issues and challenges in the field.
This volume reports on one such initiative undertaken by an interdisciplinary project, whose main objective is to investigate the norms and arbitral practices in some important Asian countries from the point of view of discursive practices prevalent in these jurisdictions.
The project focuses on the documents used in arbitration in the main Asian countries and compares them with those employed in other continents. The investigated texts include not only norms and awards, but also interviews with professionals in the field so as to gain direct insights into the linguistic and textual choices employed in the drafting of these documents.


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Patrizia Anesa holds a Ph.D. in English Studies, with a specializa- tion in professional and legal communication. She is a member of the Research Centre on Specialized Languages (CERLIS) at the Univer- sity of Bergamo and teaches courses in the field of English Language and Translation at the same university. Her research interests lie mostly in the area of specialised discourse, with particular reference to legal language and courtroom communication. She is currently interested in the analysis of arbitration practices, the applications of Con ver sation Analysis in LSP and the investigation of knowledge asym me tries in expert-lay communication. Ulisse Belotti is a tenured researcher in English Language and Trans- la tion at the University of Bergamo (Italy) where he teaches English for Business and Law studies at both undergraduate and post graduate level. His research interests concern word-formation in IT lan guage, genre analysis, business and legal discourse. His recent work centres on the genre characteristics of business related docu ments through the analy- sis of specialized corpora. His publications are mostly in the areas of specialised discourse, particularly legal (arbi tration) and business com- munication He is currently researching genre and narrative analysis in the domains of arbitration and business. Vijay K. Bhatia retired as Professor from the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Critical Genre Analysis, academic and professional discourses in legal, busi- ness, newspaper, and promotional contexts, ESP and Professional Com- munication; simplification of legal and other public documents;...

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