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Why is U.S. justice so scary for the rest of the world?  Why do European general counsel fear U.S. courts?  It’s not just the juries and the punitive damages, according to Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., a legendary University of Pennsylvania Law School scholar and ethicist, suggests that the problems with the U.S. court system are even deeper and more complex than its obvious features. “The [U.S.] civil law remedy of damages is regarded as a kind of offset or compensation adjustment,” says Hazard, for regulatory failure, and the lack of a social safety net.

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Luca Radicati di Brozolo, a partner focusing on arbitration at the Bonelli Erede Pappalardo law firm in Milan, and Andrea Bernava, a litigation partner in the Chiomenti law firm's Rome and Milan offices, set out the current state of mediation and arbitration practices in Italy.

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A peace process in Sudan may be hinging on the execution of an arbitration agreement signed last month by the country's government, and its chief opposition. The arbitration agreement covers the fate of a region that has been the scene of intense fighting, countless civilian deaths, and displacement of tens of thousands of people. The arbitration will be heard by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands.

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