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08:48 Nov 16, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general)
French term or phrase: jugement/sentence
I am struggling with a complex article about res judicata in arbitral awards (sentences arbitrales). The issue is a distinction made between 'jugement' and 'sentence' (when used without the adjective 'arbitrale'). I should point out that the title of the article is nonetheless "L'autorité de chose jugée des sentences arbitrales".

If you consult enough references, it seems that 'jugement' in French can be 'judgement' or 'sentence' and 'sentence' in French can be either 'judgement' or 'sentence'!

For example, this explanation suggests they can be synonymous:

Here are some examples where a direct contrast is made:
"Il ne fait pas de doute en droit positif français que la sentence est, à l'instar du jugement, dotée de l'autorité de la chose jugée"
"L'objectif de la présente étude est de se concentrer sur la spécificité de l'autorité de la sentence par rapport à celle du jugement de droit commun"

If a fellow translator were able to suggest a solution that would safely work in this instance, and shed a little light on the complexity, it would be a useful pair to tackle. I felt 'judgement/award' should be avoided as the text does not always specifically refer to 'sentences arbitrales'.

Thomas Miles
Local time: 15:06

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