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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This position has now been reversed so that the default position is that proceedings are confidential, unless the parties opt out.

The Federal Court interpreted that paragraph to mean that the parties intended to preserve their right to seek injunctive or declaratory relief before a court. Login Register Follow on Twitter Search.

The Model Law and the Tules do not prescribe time limits for delivery of the award and delays in rendering an award do not result in the termination of the arbitral proceedings.

Please contact customerservices lexology. While the results of individual evaluations will not be published, it is expected that the new system will encourage a greater sense of accountability among arbitrators who will inevitably be more conscious of their performance. Once implemented, the TPP will significantly expand arbitraton ability of investors in several capital exporting states to take advantage of ISDS mechanisms.

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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. There are no known cases where an arbitrator has been sued in Australia.

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration has recently updated their arbitration rules. International arbitration in Australia has grown arbitrtaion in recent years.

The arbitrators themselves will also be able to rate HKIAC’s services and give feedback on the performance of fellow arbitrators.

Significantly, Australia was one of 12 nations to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP on 4 Februaryfollowing over seven years of negotiations. Strong and steady growth of the Australian economy over much of the past two decades and the opening of Asian markets have accelerated a growing trend towards the use of arbitration in other areas, particularly the energy and trade sectors.

While most major international arbitration seats now allow third party funding in arbitration, it is still unclear in Hong Kong whether such arrangements are prohibited by the common-law doctrines of champerty and maintenance.

Competition, bankruptcy and insolvency disputes are generally although not invariably non-arbitrable. Failure to do so could lead to the unsavoury arbltration where an arbitration was not confidential, despite a party having at all times intended to resolve the commercial dispute on a confidential basis.


Comments Add your comment. Where multiple claims are brought by one party, but only some of which are capable of settlement by arbitration, the courts have arbihration this issue by staying court proceedings only for those claims it considers capable of settlement by arbitration see Hi-Fert v Kiukiang Maritime Carriers ALR Domestically, courts also have limited power to intervene under the CAAs. Aclca survey noted the continuing popularity of international arbitration with 90 per cent of respondents indicating that it was their preferred dispute resolution mechanism for resolving cross-border disputes.

Under the Model Law, the arbitral tribunal is generally free to make any interim orders or grant interim relief as it deems necessary. Chapter 9 of the TPP includes substantive provisions on the protection of investments of nationals of contracting states in the territory of the other contracting states.

However, the arbitrability of commercial acicaa is not without its limits. For international arbitrations, Australian courts zrbitration the autonomy of international arbitration and will stay court proceedings in the presence of a valid arbitration agreement broad enough to cover the dispute, assuming the subject matter of the dispute is arbitrable. 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.


Failing such agreement, the 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. One situation in which this can occur is in relation to a parent company where a subsidiary is bound by an arbitration agreement, though this exception is yet to be finally settled by Australian courts.

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Arbitrability Australian courts have taken a broad view on the scope of commercial disputes that are capable of settlement by arbitration ie, arbitrable. Arbitration Roundup 22 December In this issue: Investors have the option of both institutional and ad hoc arbitration.

Wrap-Up of Sydney Arbitration Week They relate rkles the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, the confidentiality of arbitral proceedings and the resistance of enforcement on the basis of incapacity.

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 arbotration on arbitrator availability and performance.

Evidence Evidentiary procedure in Australian arbitrations is largely influenced by the common law system. The chapter also includes a modern investor-State dispute settlement ISDS mechanism, which permits investors to enforce these protections through consultation and negotiation, or failing these processes, through binding international arbitration. The proceedings are formally ended with the issuing of a final award.


Parties are generally free to tailor the arbitration procedure to their particular needs, provided they comply with fundamental principles of due process and natural justice. The CAAs contain detailed provisions dealing with interim measures in part 4A, including allowing courts to make interim awards unless the parties expressly intend otherwise and an obligation on courts to enforce interim measures granted in any state or territory, except in limited circumstances. A clear majority of respondents considered repeat appointments of arbitrators to be problematic in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Power of arbitrator to act as mediator, conciliator or other non-arbitral intermediary. Prior to this enactment, confidentiality under the IAA only applied on an opt-in basis, with the onus on the parties to agree expressly in their arbitration agreement or otherwise to hold arbitration proceedings confidentially. In addition to those functions prescribed in the Model Law, courts have additional powers granted by the IAA, including the power to issues subpoenas, as discussed above.

Australian courts have a strong history of supporting the autonomy of arbitral proceedings. Confidentiality is widely recognised as a key advantage of arbitration.

The ACICA Rules were updated to include provisions relating to emergency arbitrators that enable the appointment of an emergency arbitrator in arbitrations that have commenced under the ACICA Rules, but in which a tribunal has not yet been appointed. Following a brief period of reluctance towards including investor-state dispute settlement ISDS provisions in its BITs and FTAs, in recent years Australia has been more willing to incorporate these provisions.


However, at the time of writing, it appears rulles the TPP is unlikely to enter force following the withdrawal of the United States in January On 5 Octoberagreement was reached on the long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership. If multiparty disputes are likely to arise under a contract, it is advisable to agree on a set of arbitration rules containing particular provisions for the appointment of arbitrators under those circumstances, such as those found arbitraton article 13 of the ACICA Rules.

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