Dr Frederico Perry Vidal

Frederico Perry Vidal

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Suspension of Proceeding versus Suspension of Time Limit for Award
Portugal | 30 July 2009

The Supreme Court recently confirmed that the suspension of arbitral proceedings does not entail the suspension of the time limit for issuing an award. Moreover, only the parties may amend the limit. Although not generally favourable to arbitration, in some respects the decision demonstrates a more flexible view of deadlines for awards, the competence of arbitral tribunals and the validity of arbitral agreements.