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Our continued commitment to supporting you 

Dear Users, Counsel, Arbitrators and Mediators,

As we adapt daily to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we would like to inform you that the SCAI Secretariat remains operational and at your service.

As we simultaneously need to prioritize your health and that of our Team members and community, we are following the recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and have implemented a number of measures accordingly, including the decision to work remotely to the maximum extent possible.

Hence, we kindly request that you contact us by e-mail for all queries by using the following addresses: or, as appropriate.

Applications for Emergency Relief, Notices of Arbitration, Answers to the Notice of Arbitration and Requests for Mediation should be filed not only by post/courier, but, from now on and until further notice, also by e-mail to either or  

We will also exceptionally proceed to notifications by e-mail when necessary. 

We will of course remain available if you need to speak with one of the members of our Team. In that case, we would appreciate that you send us an e-mail including your complete contact details (phone / Skype / WhatsApp), so that we can call you back at a suitable time.

We thank you for your understanding and send our best wishes for good health.   

Kind regards / Meilleures salutations / Freundliche Grüsse / Cordiali saluti

Caroline Ming

Executive Director

Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

The Swiss Chambers of Commerce have been offering arbitration services for more than 150 years. With the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration they offer uniform, efficient and cost effective means of binding dispute resolution based on best practices and international standards. Arbitration under the Swiss Rules is administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI), a neutral body comprised of experienced international arbitration practitioners which acts in complete independence.

Arbitration is generally more expeditious and cheaper than proceedings before state courts, in particular in international matters. The arbitrators are chosen for their expertise in the particular industry or dispute. Contrary to state court judgments, arbitral awards rendered under the Swiss Rules are confidential. Owing to a number of international conventions they are easier to enforce on a worldwide basis than court judgments. Swiss Rules arbitration can be tailored to any budget and dispute, and can be combined with conciliation or mediation.

Swiss Rules of Mediation

Switzerland has a long-standing international reputation in mediation, diplomacy and the offering of good services. The Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution has drafted the Swiss Rules of Mediation based on decades of experience and best practices. Mediation is a very flexible means of dispute resolution that is particularly suitable for international and inter-cultural disputes of all sizes and where the parties in dispute hope to preserve, or to renew, their commercial relationships.

The modern and adaptable Swiss Rules of Mediation encourage parties to find an amicable solution to their dispute with the assistance of a qualified neutral, either using evaluative mediation (conciliation) or interest-focused mediation. If successful, mediation proceedings are considerably faster and cheaper than litigation. They can also be used in combination with arbitration to control costs. The Swiss Rules of Mediation suggest ways of combining mediation with arbitration.


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