The Secretariat's Guide to ICC Arbitration

No. E729E

ISBN : 978-92-842-0136-5

The Secretariat’s Guide to ICC Arbitration describes and explains the recently revised ICC Rules of Arbitration and how they operate. Written by leading ICC specialists, it provides first-hand information on the practices of the ICC Court and its Secretariat. This book is essential reading for anyone involved in international dispute resolution.

In addition to offering a detailed, article-by-article commentary on the 2012 Rules, the Guide:

  • Analyses the issues raised by their application at each stage of the proceedings
  • Provides statistics on many aspects of ICC arbitration
  • Lays out a roadmap for ICC arbitration users
  • Gives tips on conducting arbitration proceedings effectively
  • Compares the contents of the 2012 Rules and their predecessor, the 1998 Rules

The authors, present and former senior members of the ICC Secretariat, give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into how the Rules work in practice. With this Guide you will be better equipped to navigate through the ICC arbitral process.

This vital tool, indispensable companion to the 2012 Rules, will be helpful whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to arbitration. It is a must-have for anyone seeking a clear and instructive handbook on ICC arbitration: arbitrators, counsel, business executives, government officials, as well as authors, academics and students will find in these pages anything they always wanted to know about ICC arbitration. 


Code ISBN : 978-92-842-0136-5
Number of pages : 507
Publishing date : 2012
Language : English
Format in cm : 15.9 x 23.9
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: A Step-by-Step Overview of ICC Arbitration Procedure
  • Chapter 3: Commentary on the 2012 Rules

1.    Article 1: International Court of Arbitration

2.    Article 2: Definitions

3.    Article 3: Introduction to written notifications and communications and time limits in ICC arbitration

3.1. Article 3(1): Written notifications or communications from parties and arbitral tribunals

3.2. Article 3(2): Notifications or communications from the Secretariat or arbitral tribunals

3.3. Article 3(3): Date on which a notification or communication is deemed to be made

3.4. Article 3(4): Calculation of time limits

4.    Article 4: Request for Arbitration

5.    Article 5: Answer to the Request for Arbitration and the making of counterclaims


6.1. Article 6(1): Applicable version of the Rules

6.2. Article 6(2): Administration of all ICC arbitrations by the Court

6.3. Article 6(3): Screening by the Secretary General prior to the application of Article 6(4)

6.4. Article 6(4): Prima facie decisions by the Court on the existence of an arbitration agreement

6.5. Article 6(5): Decisions on the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal

6.6. Article 6(6): Decisions by state courts on the existence of an arbitration agreement following a negative Article 6(4) decision

6.7. Article 6(7): Reintroduction of claims in other proceedings

6.8. Article 6(8): Failure of a party to participate in an arbitration

6.9. Article 6(9): Separability of the arbitration agreement

7.    Articles 7–10: Multiple parties, multiple contracts and consolidation / Article 7: Joinder of additional parties

8.    Article 8: Claims between multiple parties

9.    Article 9: Multiple contracts

10. Article 10: Consolidation of arbitrations

11. Articles 11–15: Defining terminology relevant to the constitution of the arbitral tribunal and the replacement of arbitrators

11.1.            Article 11(1): Impartiality and independence

11.2.            Article 11(2): Statement of acceptance, availability, impartiality and independence

11.3.            Article 11(3): Ongoing duty to disclose

11.4.            Article 11(4): Finality and non-communication of reasons for decisions of the Court on the constitution of the arbitral tribunal

11.5.            Article 11(5): Arbitrators’ undertaking to respect the Rules

11.6.            Article 11(6): Priority of party agreements on the constitution of the arbitral tribunal

12. Article 12: Overview of the constitution of the arbitral tribunal under the Rules

12.1.            Article 12(1): Number of arbitrators

12.2.            Article 12(2): Determining the number of arbitrators

12.3.            Article 12(3): Sole arbitrator

12.4.            Article 12(4): Selection of co-arbitrators for a three-member tribunal

12.5.            Article 12(5): Selection of the president of the arbitral tribunal

12.6.            Articles 12(6)–12(8): Three-member arbitral tribunals in multiparty arbitration

12.7.            Article 12(6): Joint nomination of a co-arbitrator

12.8.            Article 12(7): Participation of additional parties in the nomination of co‑arbitrators

12.9.            Article 12(8): Alternative method for constituting a three-member arbitral tribunal


13.1.            Article 13(1): Factors to consider when confirming or appointing arbitrators

13.2.            Article 13(2): Confirmation by the Secretary General

13.3.            Article 13(3): Appointment of arbitrators

13.4.            Article 13(4): Direct appointment of arbitrators

13.5.            Article 13(5): Nationality of the president of the arbitral tribunal


14.1.            Article 14(1): Challenges against arbitrators

14.2.            Article 14(2): Thirty-day time limit for admissibility of challenges

14.3.            Article 14(3): Comments on a challenge


15.1.            Article 15(1): Circumstances leading to replacement

15.2.            Article 15(2): Replacement on the Court’s initiative

15.3.            Article 15(3): Right of parties and arbitrators to comment on the application of Article 15(2)

15.4.            Article 15(4): Process for selecting the replacement arbitrator

15.5.            Article 15(5): Truncated arbitral tribunals

16. Article 16: Transmission of the case file to the arbitral tribunal

17. Article 17: Proof of authority


18.1.            Article 18(1): Place of the arbitration

18.2.            Article 18(2): Location of hearings and meetings

18.3.            Article 18(3): Location of deliberations

19. Article 19: Rules governing the proceedings

20. Article 20: Language of the arbitration

21. Articles 21(1)–21(3): Overview of the rules of law governing the merits

21.1.            Article 21(1): Applicable rules of law

21.2.            Article 21(2): Contractual provisions and trade usages

21.3.            Article 21(3): Amiable compositeur, ex aequo et bono


22.1.            Articles 22(1) and 22(2): Effective case management


22.3.            Article 22(3): Orders and other measures relating to confidentiality

22.4.            Article 22(4): Fair and impartial treatment

22.5.            Article 22(5): Compliance with orders from the arbitral tribunal


23.1.            Article 23(1): Terms of Reference

23.2.            Article 23(2): Signing the Terms of Reference

23.3.            Article 23(3): Court approval of the Terms of Reference

23.4.            Article 23(4): New claims subsequent to the Terms of Reference


24.1.            Article 24(1): Case management conference 260

24.2.            Article 24(2): Procedural timetable

24.3.            Article 24(3): Continued case management

24.4.            Article 24(4): Conducting the case management conference


25.1.            Article 25(1): Establishing the facts of the case

25.2.            Article 25(2): Hearings

25.3.            Article 25(3): Hearing witnesses and experts

25.4.            Article 25(4): Experts appointed by the arbitral tribunal

25.5.            Article 25(5): Summoning parties for additional evidence

25.6.            Article 25(6): Proceedings without a hearing


26.1.            Article 26(1): Summoning parties to a hearing

26.2.            Article 26(2): Absence of a party at the hearing

26.3.            Article 26(3): The arbitral tribunal’s control over the hearing

26.4.            Article 26(4): Attendance at hearings of duly authorized representatives and advisers

27. Article 27: Closing of the proceedings and date for submission of draft awards


28.1.            Article 28(1): Conservatory and interim measures ordered by the arbitral tribunal

28.2.            Article 28(2): Conservatory and interim measures ordered by judicial authorities

29. Article 29: Introduction to emergency arbitrator proceedings

29.1.            Article 29(1): Applying for Emergency Measures

29.2.            Article 29(2): Form of emergency relief

29.3.            Articles 29(3) and 29(4): Effect of the emergency arbitrator proceedings on the arbitral tribunal’s powers


29.5.            Articles 29(5) and 29(6): Scope of the Emergency Arbitrator Provisions


29.7.            Article 29(7): Effect of emergency arbitrator proceedings on other methods of seeking urgent interim or conservatory measures


30.1.            Article 30(1): Time limit for rendering the final award

Jason Fry: Alternate Member for New Zealand, ICC International Court of Arbitration (1999–2002); Member for New Zealand, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2003–2007); Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2007–2012); Partner, Clifford Chance LLP (Paris) (2012–). 

Simon Greenberg: Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2008–2012); Alternate Member for Australia, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2012–); Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP (Paris) (2012–). 

Francesca Mazza: Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2003–2012); Secretary to the ICC Commission on Arbitration (2009–2012); Secretary General designate, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) (2012–). 

With the assistance of Benjamin Moss: Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2010–2012); Associate, Schellenberg Wittmer (Zurich) (2012–).

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