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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The Full Court also rejected the notion that minor or technical breaches of the rules of natural justice would suffice for the setting aside or non-enforcement of an international arbitral award in Australia. The Model Law and the CAAs do not prescribe time limits for delivery of the award and delays in rendering an acicx do not result in the termination of the arbitral proceedings. The IAA is expressly subject to section 11 of the Carriage of Goods By Sea Act Cthwhich renders void an arbitration agreement contained in a bill of lading or similar document relating to the international carriage of goods to and from Australia, unless the designated seat of the arbitration is in Australia.

arbitrqtion For awards made within Australia, either article 35 of the Model Law for international arbitration awards, or section 35 of the CAAs for domestic awards, applies. More interestingly, the survey found Singapore and Hong Kong to be the most improved arbitral seats. The IAA and CAAs both provide that arbitrators are not liable for negligence in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in their capacity as arbitrators with the exception of fraud.

On 19 Octoberthe sub-committee released a consultation paper in which it recommended that the Arbitration Ordinance should be amended to permit third party funding for arbitrations taking place in Hong Kong.

In Australia, a statutory provision allowing courts to enforce interim awards of arbitral tribunals section 17H of the International Arbitration Act Cth rulees with provisions in the ACICA rules to facilitate emergency arbitration are likely to result in increased use of emergency arbitrators.

In such case, a court will usually apply its own rules for the taking of evidence. On 13 Octoberthree significant amendments to the International Arbitration Act Cth came into force.

The only available avenue for recourse against international awards is to set aside the award article 34 2 of the Model Law. The survey was conducted through questionnaires and personal interviews.


The reluctance to use emergency arbitrators appears to revolve around the enforceability of emergency arbitration decisions, which may vary across jurisdictions and may be time-consuming and unpredictable. 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. Should it be mandatory for a claimant to make disclosure of each of the following?

Doug Jones is well known throughout the international arbitration community and has advised and represented clients in major international transactions, projects and disputes throughout the world under all of the major arbitration rules and regimes. While 70 per cent of respondents thought that there was a sufficient level of regulation in international arbitration, many indicated that certain actors, including third party funders 71 per centarbitrators 55 per cent and tribunal secretaries 68 per cent should be the subject of greater regulation.


A majority of in-house counsel 68 per cent also favoured greater regulation of party representative conduct.

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Under the CAAs, an arbitrator who has acted as a mediator in mediation proceedings that have been terminated may not acia subsequent arbitration proceedings in relation to the rulds unless all parties to the arbitration consent in writing. ACICA has also sought to facilitate effective consolidation and joinder through article 14, and to protect arbitrators in the discharge of their functions through a robust immunity encapsulated in article Tribunal secretaries were widely used by respondents 82 per cent and their role was generally positively perceived, with interviewees indicating that tribunal secretaries improved the efficiency of arbitral proceedings and should be more frequently offered by arbitral institutions.

Under the Model Law, courts may: These included disclosure of the use of third party funding arbitrationn per cent and the identity of the funder 63 per cent to increase transparency and assist with conflicts of interest checks.

Caica an appeal is only possible with the leave of the court or if the parties agree to the appeal before the end of the appeal period. Traditionally, arbitration in Australia was largely confined to disputes in areas such as building and construction. 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 scica in each case?

After a detailed synthesis of the Australian authorities, his Honour held that disputes that are arbitrable may include claims involving fiduciary breach, fraud, serious misconduct, claims for the removal of a trustee and certain statutory claims for arbktration of the Competition and Consumer Act Cth such as claims under section 18 in respect of misleading and deceptive conduct and contraventions of the Corporations Act Cthnotwithstanding that such claims may entail the grant of statutory remedies by the arbitral tribunal.

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.

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.

Acics, arbitrators must be impartial and independent, and must disclose circumstances likely to give rise to justifiable doubts as to their impartiality or independence. This is consistent with statistics released by arbitral institutions such as SIAC and HKIAC which have indicated a rising use of emergency arbitrators in regional seats. The results suggest that both of these regional seats may continue to attract a greater number of international arbitrations users.

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For all other circumstances, article 11 of the Model Law and section 11 of the CAAs prescribe a procedure for the appointment of arbitrators.


For international arbitrations in Australia, the Model Law and the New York Convention require the arbitration agreement to be in writing. However in Singapore third party funding agreements are generally unenforceable unless the funder can demonstrate either that it has a legitimate commercial interest in the claim or the assignment of interest is ancillary to a transfer of property.

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. Interim measures Under the Model Law, the arbitral tribunal is generally free to make any interim orders or grant interim relief as it deems necessary.

The new release is therefore a step towards ensuring that ACICA rules continue to reflect contemporary best practice. 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.

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. Primary sources 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.

It is noteworthy that 63 per cent of respondents indicated that ‘issue conflicts’, where an arbitrator has previously taken a particular position on an issue to be decided in the case, did not require specific regulation in commercial arbitrations.

In addition, in-house counsel wanted arbitration counsel to further encourage settlements, including by using mediation during an arbitration. Notwithstanding that, they felt that further regulation was not necessary as current instruments offered adequate assistance to deal with this issue. 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 arbitration run concurrently with a separate mediation for the same dispute was unsurprisingly not favoured by respondents.

Nick Rudge Partner, Melbourne Ph: In addition to state-of-the-art hearing facilities, the ADC also provides all the necessary business support services, including case management and trust account administration provided by skilled and professional staff. There is no scope for the court to exercise discretion so as not to enforce an arbitration agreement. While the changes are not completely uniform with the rules of other institutions and contain subtle differences in approach, the changes modernise the rules in a way that administers more effective arbitration proceedings where multiple parties, similar disputes or ambiguities may be involved.

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