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English Court confirms tribunals have jurisdiction to determine disputes involving allegations of criminal conduct

The English High Court has recently confirmed in Interprods Limited v De La Rue International Limited [2014] EWHC 68 (Comm) that, absent a specific statement to the contrary, arbitration clauses confer jurisdiction on arbitral tribunals to determine contractual disputes arising out of alleged criminal conduct. De La Rue had terminated an agency agreement with Interprods following an alleged oral admission by Interprods that payments under the agreement would be used to bribe officials (a criminal offence under the relevant laws). The agency agreement contained an arbitration clause pursuant to which