How the Commission works


The Commission currently has over 700 members from over 90 countries. These members include partners from leading international law firms, distinguished university professors, prominent arbitrators and general counsel representing global corporations.

Members are appointed to the Commission by their respective countries' national committee to the ICC. If you are interested in becoming a member of your national committee, or becoming involved in the Commission, please see

The Commission operates through Task Forces which carry out specific assignments as formulated in a mandate given by the Commission's Chairman. The Task Force members are appointed by the ICC's national committees, and Task Forces are usually chaired by two members who guide the form and substance of the work. A Task Force may have a specific, dedicated mission - such as the publication of a set of rules or guidelines - or may be put into place to study a certain aspect of arbitration, without a precast idea of the end result of its work.

The Commission holds two plenary sessions per year, which members are encouraged to attend. At these Commission meetings, the members discuss current projects, vote on Task Force reports and have the opportunity to share ideas and views with their peers from around the world.

The commission is headquartered in Paris and is run by its Chairman together with permanent staff who coordinate all day-to-day activities, in addition to organising the semi-annual meetings of members, other task force meetings, and any other administrative aspects of the commission's activities.

  • Christopher Newmark, Chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Helene van Lith, Secretary to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Adriana Ruiz Esparza, Assistant to the Secretary

A steering committee comprised of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairmen of the Commission, along with other representatives of ICC dispute resolution services, meets twice a year to discuss and agree upon the overall action plan for the Commission, including the proposal of task forces.

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