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Ongc-Sumitomo: Avoidable Long Legal Battle

Professor Anurag K Agarwal (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

ISSN: 2633-3260

Publication date: 15 November 2011


ONGC vs. Sumitomo – Supreme Court of India, 28 July, 2010 – is an example of a dispute in an international contract, with an arbitration clause, which could have been avoided. Ironically, it took almost two decades to be finally decided. The purpose of this case is to make the readers think about dispute avoidance vis-à-vis dispute resolution. The case presents the most relevant aspects of the judgment in simple language, devoid of legal jargon. A number of questions have been suggested towards the end.



Agarwal, A.K. (2011), "Ongc-Sumitomo: Avoidable Long Legal Battle", Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.



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