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Asia Arbitration Guide

BANGLADESH 1.1 Which law(s) apply to arbitration in Bangladesh? Historically arbitration has always been a form of dispute resolution in Bangladesh. Informally village elders would resolve disputes within their territories. “The Arbitration (Protocol and Convention) Act 1937” and the “Arbitration Act 1940” passed by the United Kingdom Parliament contained the legal framework for arbitrations during the times of the British India and continued at the time of independence of Pakistan and India in 1947 in those countries and in Bangladesh at the time of its independence in 1971. These statutes were repealed by the Arbitration Act 2001 (“ the Act ”) and it contains the present legal framework for all arbitrations in Bangladesh whether international or domestic.

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