Administering & Supervising Arbitrations

International arbitration courts are institutions that were created to resolve disputes irrespective of the parties’ locations or systems of law. Arbitration courts administer and supervise the arbitration process, while individual disputes are decided by arbitrators. Many arbitration courts have their own arbitration rules to govern and help direct the arbitration process.

Arbitration Clauses May Designate an Arbitration Court

The court administering the arbitration process is typically selected when the parties first enter into a contract together. This is usually included as part of an “arbitration clause” in the contract.

International Arbitration Courts

International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


The ICC administers and supervises arbitration proceedings for international disputes. Because the ICC is a business organization, its arbitration proceedings tend to involve commercial business disputes. ICC arbitration gives substantial freedom to the parties and the arbitration tribunal to decide on the procedures and rules governing the arbitration.

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London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)


The LCIA provides a variety of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, including arbitration and mediation. The LCIA also acts as an appointing authority and arbitration administrator under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. The LCIA is widely recognized as one of the most popular international arbitration courts in the world.

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International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)


The ICSID was established by the Washington Convention is 1965. It is widely considered to be the leading international arbitration institution devoted to resolving investment disputes, particularly investment investor-State disputes or “BIT arbitrations.” The ICSID itself does not arbitrate disputes, but instead provides the framework for independent arbitration panels to resolve disputes.

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International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)


The ICDR is the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The ICDR provides international arbitration and dispute resolution services. The ICDR is headquartered in New York City (U.S.), and has offices in Ireland, Mexico, Singapore and Bahrain.

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Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)


OHADA is a system of business laws and institutions currently adopted by sixteen West and Central African nations. Under OHADA, the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) was established in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The CCJA is both a judicial court and an arbitration institution which supervises the administration of arbitration proceedings in OHADA member states.

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