The Meaning of Arbitral Tribunal “Consent” in Section 1782 Discovery

The Meaning of Arbitral Tribunal “Consent” in Section 1782 Discovery

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Among those who agree that discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 is available in international arbitration, there is a general consensus that discovery requests made after the tribunal has been constituted should only be granted if the arbitral tribunal consents to the request. However, there has been little to no discussion over what consent actually means in this context. This blog post is an attempt to (1) highlight the fact that consent lacks a clear definition in this context, and (2) explore how prior Section 1782 case law and the special concerns raised by international arbitration can inform the meaning of consent.