Bjorn Gehle wrote a detailed examination of the ACICA Rules. The Arbitration Rules of the Australian Centre for International Commercial. These rules (“Rules”) are the rules of arbitration of the Australian Centre for InternationalCommercial Arbitration. This changed significantly in when ACICA launched its own institutional arbitration rules, known as the ACICA Arbitration Rules (“ACICA Rules” or “Rules ”).

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Australia is, now more so than ever, well placed to serve as a seat for international arbitration, with a now well-developed and tried and tested legislative framework that supports the fair and efficient resolution of disputes by means of arbitration and the enforceability of arbitral awards produced through arbitration.

In addition, in-house counsel wanted arbitration counsel to further encourage settlements, including by using mediation during an arbitration. The new release is therefore a step towards ensuring that ACICA rules continue to reflect contemporary best practice.

Recent changes to the ACICA Arbitration Rules – Lexology

This consultation paper from the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission is another sign of Hong Kong’s commitment to attract the international arbitration community to continue to use Hong Kong as a afbitration in international arbitrations. International Arbitration – Australian courts’ power to grant interim freezing orders.

An earlier round of important amendments was made in We look at how Australia keeps up to date with international best practice by amendments to ACICA arbitral rules and international arbitration laws; potential improvements and innovations identified in the Queen Mary University of London International Arbitration Survey; the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism under the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement; and in Hong Kong, increasing support for third party arbitration funding and the introduction of arbitrator ‘report cards’.

Power of arbitrator to act as mediator, conciliator or other non-arbitral intermediary.

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Respondents also saw arbitration counsel as having a role in reducing time and cost, in particular suggesting that cooperation with opposing counsel could be improved to narrow issues and limit document production.

Failing such agreement, arbitratikn Model Law and CAAs prescribe that the party must initially submit a challenge to the tribunal, and then may apply to a competent court if the challenge is rejected.

If you need to seek urgent relief before the constitution of the arbitral tribunal, which of the following options would generally be your preferred course assuming that the same relief will be available in each case? The applicant sought a stay on the ground that the award in the latter proceedings would constitute a substantial set-off of the money judgment.

Inthe Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in TCL Air Conditioner Zhongshan Co Ltd v Castel Electronics Pty Ltd [] FCAFC 83 held that an international arbitral award will not be set aside or denied enforcement under the Model Law for a breach of the rules of natural justice unless real unfairness or real practical injustice in the conduct of the dispute resolution process is demonstrated by reference to established principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.


In a press release, the HKIAC stated that the launch of the system was a response to the preferences expressed in the Queen Mary International Arbitration Survey which indicated that users were looking for greater transparency on arbitrator availability and performance. Nick Rudge Partner, Melbourne Ph: Subpoenas under the IAA: Some standard form contracts, particularly in the construction industry and the banking and finance sector, still make use of this approach.

The recommendation is subject to the proviso that such reform is accompanied by appropriate ethical and financial standards for funders. This framework is coupled with a specialised knowledge base drawn from an array of specialised arbitration practitioners. As a result, arbitral procedure tends to vary significantly according to the particulars of the dispute and the needs of the parties involved.

Respondents had mixed preferences for the manner in which arbitrator conduct should be regulated. The latest changes by ACICA are valuable reforms that will serve to better meet the needs of those engaged in international trade and commerce.

ACICA’s expedited arbitration rules – The University of Melbourne

Confidentiality is widely recognised as a key advantage of arbitration. The international arbitration arbitrayion at Clayton Utz is one of the leading practices in the Asia-Pacific region. On that note, the survey shows that mediation remains a much lesser used method for resolving cross-border disputes and the idea of having an zcica run concurrently with a separate mediation for the same dispute was unsurprisingly not favoured by respondents.

Traditionally, arbitration in Australia was largely confined to disputes in areas such as building and construction. Clayton Utz was founded in and today is one of the largest and most successful commercial law firms in Australia. Inthe PCERA was established as a not-for-profit centre for arbitration and expert determination specialised in administering dispute resolution in the energy and resources sector.

Where the parties have not agreed upon an appointment procedure or where their appointment procedure fails, parties are able to seek the appointment of arbitrators for international arbitrations from ACICA. Arbitration agreements For international arbitrations in Australia, the Model Law and the New York Convention require the arbitration agreement to be arbjtration writing. The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre recently launched a new system that allows users to submit confidential evaluations on the performance of their arbitrators and the conduct of their arbitral proceedings.

The power of the emergency arbitrator applies to all arbitrations conducted under the ACICA Rules, unless the parties expressly opt out of the regime in writing. Claims must be brought within three and a half years from the date on which the investor first knew or should have known of the alleged breach of the TPP and the investor knew it had incurred loss or damage.

A majority of in-house counsel 68 per cent also favoured greater regulation of party representative conduct. These provide that the emergency arbitrator may grant any interim measures of protection on an emergency basis that he or she deems necessary and on such terms as he or she deems appropriate.

However, the CAAs also permit an appeal of an award on a question of law in limited circumstances section 34A. Under the Model Law, courts may: Often, in practice, the most important moment for a party that has obtained an award is the enforcement accica.


Arbitration has become equally common in international disputes. Primary urles of arbitration law Legislative powers in Australia are divided between the Commonwealth of Australia, as the federal entity, and the six states and two territories. In Australia, a statutory arbktration allowing courts to enforce interim awards of arbitral tribunals section 17H of the International Arbitration Act Cth coupled with provisions in the ACICA rules to facilitate emergency arbitration are likely to result in increased use of emergency arbitrators.

There is no scope for the court to exercise discretion so as not to enforce an arbitration agreement. The Model Law does not contemplate any right to appeal for errors of law. These included disclosure of the use of third party funding 76 per cent and the identity of the funder rrules per cent to increase transparency and assist with conflicts of interest checks.

Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)

Evidentiary procedure in Australian arbitrations is largely influenced by the common law system. The survey also analysed the use of emergency arbitrators in the context of reducing time and cost and found that 66 per cent of respondents had no experience with emergency arbitrations. Confidentiality of proceedings Arbitrations seated in Australia now enjoy aciica by default section 23Csubject to a limited number of narrow exceptions, such as where the parties expressly agree otherwise sections 23DG.

While most major international arbitration seats now allow third party scica in arbitration, it is still unclear in Hong Kong whether such arrangements are prohibited by the common-law doctrines of arbitratipn and maintenance. So long as there is an arbitration agreement that is not null or void, inoperative or incapable of being performed, the court must refer the parties to arbitration. Although the CPTPP has yet to enter into force, notably ruoes does contain investor-state arbitration provisions.

Share Facebook Twitter Linked In. The changes are arbitratiob response to recent developments in the region and bring the rules into line with the best practice of other international arbitration centres.

Further, the court must be satisfied that the following requirements are satisfied: Failure to do so could lead to the unsavoury outcome where an arbitration was not confidential, despite a party having at all times intended to resolve the commercial dispute on a confidential basis.

Rulew are very limited circumstances in which a third party who is not privy to the arbitration agreement may be a party to the arbitral proceedings.

These amendments ensure that the IAA remains consistent with current international best practice and that Australia remains an attractive seat for arbitrations in the region.

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