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Access of Private Parties to International Dispute Settlement: A Comparative Analysis




There have been some moments during the academic year when I was not entirely sure whether I could finally write this paper or not. If this has finally been possible is not just thanks to my efforts and determination, but also to the many people who have provided me their precious advice. Therefore, I think they deserve to be acknowledged now that the paper is done.

First, I would like to thank my course mates in the Seminar: the European Union, the NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization, at Harvard Law School, in conjunction with which this paper has been written. Virtually each of them has had some suggestions for me. Second, I would like to thank those who operate in the field of international economic law at the academic or professional level, and have been so kind to dedicate some of their precious time to advise me on my paper. Their advice has been extremely helpful. This has been the case of Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann,[1] Professor John H. Jackson,[2] Professor Robert Hudec,[3] Dr. Escobar,[4] Dr. Parra,[5] Mr. Small[6], and Mr. Von Mehren[7]. Finally, there is one person to whom I feel like owing my most special thanks. The reason is that this is the person who has constantly encouraged me to keep working on the paper, has provided me with many unique ideas, and has impressed me for his outstanding expertise and the depth of his thoughts. I just hope that this paper may satisfy his very high standards. This person is my LL.M. paper supervisor, Professor Joseph H. H. Weiler,[8] to whom I wish to say: Grazie !

Roberto Bruno

LL.M. Candidate `97

16 May 1997

[1] Professor of Law, University of Geneva, and Legal Counsel, the World Trade Organization, Geneva.

[2] Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Michigan.

[3] Professor of Law, Hemline School of Law, University of Minnesota.

[4] Legal Counsel, The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington DC.

[5] Legal Counsel, The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington DC.

[6] Deputy Legal Counsel, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris.

[7] Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Masle, New York.

[8] Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair, Harvard Law School.

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