The Commission on Arbitration and ADR is ICC's rule-making body and unique think tank in the field of international dispute resolution. The commission drafts and revises the various ICC rules for dispute resolution, including the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the ICC ADR Rules, the ICC Dispute Board Rules, and the ICC Rules for Expertise. In its research capacity, it proposes new policies in the interest of efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution and provides useful tools for the conduct of dispute resolution. It also produces reports and guidelines on legal, procedural and practical aspects of dispute resolution, which are published regularly in electronic format, in the
, or in separate booklets.
The commission provides for a global forum of around 700 members coming from more than 92 countries including lawyers, in-house counsel, arbitrators, mediators, law professors and experts in various dispute resolution fields. All contribute to ensure that ICC dispute resolution services adapt to the legislative and technological developments. The specific work of the commission is often carried out in smaller task forces. The commission holds two plenary sessions per year at which proposed rules, reports and guidelines are discussed, debated, and voted upon.
After having successfully launched the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration and the new ICC Mediation Rules which came into force on 1 January 2014, the Commission also approved the ICC Expert Rules, the ICC Dispute Board Rules and the DocDex Rules.
The new ICC Report
Decisions on Costs in International Arbitration
helps to meet the expectations of arbitration users by providing on overview of how arbitrators decide on costs and is the Commission's latest initiative to encourage efficient and costs- effective procedural conduct.
Other recent developments of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR include the release of a new edition of its
Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention
This enlarged and updated edition now covers 79 Country Answers and takes account of recent legal developments.
The commission also published
Effective Management in Arbitration - A Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Parties' Representatives
This Guide is meant to provide client representatives, such as in-house counsel, managers or government representatives, with a practical tool-kit to assist them in making effective time and cost decisions throughout an arbitration. Two other reports, the
Report on States, State Entities and ICC Arbitration
Report on Techniques for Controlling Time and Costs in Arbitration
were issued by the Commission in 2012.
Other active Task Forces are the
Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitrations
, as well as the
Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings
Task Force on the Probative Value of Witness Evidence
Task Force on the Revision of the Rules of ICC as Appointing Authority in UNCITRAL or other Ad Hoc Arbitration Proceedings
were recently created.