W. E. Butler

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Although informal methods of dispute settlement are a long-established part of the cultures of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), international commercial arbitration came to be known in those territories during the Soviet era and became part of international commercial life in those territories in 1992 only after they achieved independent statehood. In this article we examine the legal status of international commercial arbitration and arbitral courts or tribunals in Central Asia on a country-by-country basis and pursue the author’s interest in comparative arbitration law. All five of the Central Asian States became members of the United Nations on 2 March 1992.



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