Arbitration and ADR

About the Commission on Arbitration and ADR

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 ICC Bulletin, 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.

The commission aims to:

  • Promote on a worldwide scale the settlement of international disputes by means of arbitration, mediation, expertise, dispute boards and other forms of dispute resolution.
  • Provide guidance on a range of topics of current relevance to the world of international dispute resolution, with a view to improving dispute resolution services.
  • Create a link among arbitrators, counsel, and users to enable ICC dispute resolution to respond effectively to users’ needs.

Recent developments

After having successfully launched the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, the Commission on Arbitration and ADR approved the new ICC Mediation Rules, which replaced the ADR Rules. The ICC Mediation Rules were launched on 4 December 2013 in Paris and came into force on 1 January 2014. The Commission also approved the ICC Expert Rules and is reviewing the ICC Dispute Board Rules and DocDex Rules.

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 recently 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 and the Report on Techniques for Controlling Time and Costs in Arbitration were issued by the Commission in 2012.

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