The relationship between
Arbitration and Court Litigation
(history, Prunier case)
Created by Drahomíra Fridrichová, Šárka
Malinovská, Dušan Valent, Jana Vávrová
origin: lost in obscurity
not clear boundaries
all ages of recorded history
Ancient times
• Middle East
• Tulpunnaya v. Killi
• King Solomon
• Egypt
• arrangements in funerary trusts, 2 500 B.C.
Ancient Greece and Rome
 Greece
 private and commercial disputes
 arbitration = natural process
 Greek Courts, lack of clear boundaries
 Rome
 compromissum, penalty
 Post-Classical period – pacta sunt servanda
From Middle ages…
guilds – mandatory arbitration
What would you say,
penalty clauses
popular or not?
influence of canonical law and Roman law
arbitral deeds modern era
• worldwide spread of arbitration
• fragmentality of arbitration in each
 arbitration older than the common law system
 1698 Arbitration Act
 promoting commerce
 BUT limited by courts
 Civil Procedure Act (1833)
 improvement: arbitration agreements could not be revoked,
witnesses under oath
 Common Law Procedure Act (1854)
 comprehensive arbitration statute
 extensive judicial review of the substance of arbitrator’s
 1889 Arbitration Act
 widely adopted throughout the Commonwealth countries
• Edict of 1560
• use of mandatory arbitration for resolving commercial
• French Revolution
• many changes  arbitration as a threat
• numerous restrictions
Prunier case, 1843
• validity of an arbitration clause
• “clause compromissoire” (in advance of a dispute) v.
• court´s holding – invalid: the names of the arbitrators
not given
• grounds for decision – protection of weaker parties
(adhesion contract)
Prunier case
• mistrust of arbitration
• Prunier rule
= nullifying all arbitration clauses concluded before
the dispute
• distinct legal regime of international and internal
Around Europe
permanent arbitration panel by Commercial and
industrial Chamber
1895 – civil procedure act
 responsive to arbitration
Czechoslovakia –this act into national law in 1918
Germany, Belgium, Netherlands
open to arbitration (unlike France)
United States
• earliest days of European settlement
• difficulties resolving disputes
• New Amsterdam (New York)
• Dutch settlers: mandatory and consensual arbitration.
• different development (world business center)
• colonies
• hostility towards arbitration until 1833
• 1925 Federal Arbitration Act
• hostility fully overcome in the early 20th century
• in force until today
Internation Commercial
arbitration = rival of national courts
→ arbitration developed on international level
the growth: continental Europe in the 1920s
Geneva Convention
& Geneva Protocol
Geneva Protocol on Arbitration Clauses (1923)
Geneva Convention for the Execution of
Foreign Arbitral Awards (1927)
New York Convention (1958)
recognition and enforcement of
foreign arbitral awards
referral by a court to arbitration
• United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
rules acceptable worldwide
great practical value
updated information on case law and enactments
assistance in law reform projects
seminars on uniform commercial law
• zákon č.216/1994 Sb. ze dne 1. listopadu 1994 o rozhodčím
řízení a o výkonu rozhodčích nález
Systems of justice
• delegated: legitimacy - the state justice system
• parallel: separate tracks of business dispute
and formal state justice
• abandoned: little role of judicial institutions
Today’s reality
A) less supportive national legislations
▪ low practical experience
▪ potential to support v. readiness of courts
B) supportive
 Europe, North America, parts of Asia
Thank You for Your ATTENTION!
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(Prunier decision, history).