International arbitration Commercial mediation

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.