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Arbitration (Scotland) ACT 2010

Arbitration agreements

Section 6 – Law governing arbitration agreement

29.Section 6 establishes a presumption that where Scotland is designated by the parties as the “seat” of the arbitration (see paragraphs 8 and 23 above), and the Scots arbitration law in the Act therefore governs the arbitration, Scots law will also govern the arbitration agreement, unless the parties explicitly state that another law should govern that agreement. The arbitration agreement itself is considered separately from any wider contract of which it may form part (under section 5 of the Act). The significance of the law that governs the arbitration agreement is that it governs its formal validity, scope, and related matters.

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