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14 Tul. Mar. L.J. 261 (1989-1990)
Maritime Arbitration in the Asian Century

handle is hein.journals/tulmar14 and id is 271 raw text is: MARITIME ARBITRATION IN
THE ASIAN CENTURY
W.L. Rivers Black III*
The 21st century is beginning to be described as the Asian Cen-
tury, and the growing political and economic importance of the
Asian-Pacific Rim Basin already is a fact of daily life for the members
of the international shipping community. As the cultures of the East
and West move closer together, numerous changes are likely to occur
on both sides of the globe. One such development will be an ever
greater number of maritime arbitrations in cities located in the Pacific
Rim Basin.
As maritime lawyers and their clients know, such proceedings usu-
ally have been held either in London or New York. The growth of
trade across the Pacific Ocean, however, will change this, and cities
throughout the region will be called upon to provide the dispute reso-
lution services which until now have been found primarily along the
North Atlantic coasts.
By all indications, the cities of the Pacific are ready for these
increased demands. Maritime arbitration organizations have existed
for decades in Tokyo and Beijing, and have been joined by a number
of others during the last decade in such cities as Honolulu, San Fran-
cisco, and Vancouver. The question is not whether the Pacific Rim is
ready for the 1990's and beyond, but whether the maritime bar is
ready.
Concerned with these thoughts, Professor Robert M. Jarvis sug-
gested to me during the summer of 1988 that a conference be held to
familiarize the bar with the maritime arbitration opportunities avail-
able in the Pacific Rim. This idea came to fruition in January 1989,
when such a conference was held in Honolulu during the Third Gen-
eral Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association's Maritime
Law Committee. Now, through the further efforts of Professor Jarvis,
the papers presented at the conference have been edited and published
* J.D., University of Mississippi; LL.M., University of Washington (Marine Law); LL.M.,
University of Brussels (International Law). Member of the Mississippi and Washington Bars.
Partner in the firm of Lane Powell Moss & Miller, Seattle. Chairman, Maritime Law
Committee, Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association.

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