Filing a Request for ICC Arbitration

To commence ICC Arbitration you need to submit a "Request for Arbitration" with the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration at either of its offices – one located at the headquarters of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris and the second in Hong Kong. Requests for Arbitration related to North America could also be submitted to SICANA Inc.

After acknowledging receipt of a "Request", the Secretariat will notify the respondent party or parties. It will also inform the claimant(s) that it has done so, and indicate the date of receipt of the ‘Request’.

In order to maintain flexibility, ICC does not require ‘Requests’ to be in any particular form. The ICC Rules of Arbitration do, however, contain certain requirements for ‘Requests’ as set out in Article 4. Importantly, the ‘Request’ must be accompanied by a non-refundable advance payment of US$ 3,000, to cover administrative costs, and the required number of copies of the ‘Request’.

Although ‘Requests’ must be filed in Paris, Hong Kong or New York, ICC Arbitration can be held in any country or language.

ICC is bound to operate in conformity with applicable sanctions regulations (such as those imposed by the UN, EU and OFAC). If parties have reasonable doubt that a sanctions regime is applicable to their request, they must inform ICC in advance prior to submitting any such request and prior to paying the respective filing fee. In such case, please contact

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