Arbitration Rules & Laws

Swiss Rules 2012

The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration have been drafted very cautiously to be efficient, flexible and cost effective for international civil law and common law cases as well as for domestic cases. The parties are free to designate their arbitrator(s), to select the applicable law, the language of the proceedings, the seat of arbitration, and their own legal counsel, in Switzerland or abroad. If the seat of the arbitration is in Switzerland, the parties will enjoy the many advantages offered by Swiss arbitration law. The revised rules took effect on 1st June 2012.

The Swiss Rules may be downloaded here in various languages.

Further languages may follow.


Swiss International Arbitration Law

The Swiss Law on International Arbitration is set out in Chapter 12 of the Private International Law Act 1987 (PIL Act), which can be downloaded here in English, French, German and Italian.


Swiss Domestic Arbitration Law

International as well as domestic arbitration cases can be submitted under the Swiss Rules. The Swiss Rules replace the former domestic arbitration rules of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne (Central Switzerland), Lugano, Neuchâtel and Zurich.

The Swiss Law on Domestic Arbitration is set out in Part 3 of the Swiss Civil Procedure Code (CPC), which can be downloaded here in English, French, German and Italian.


Swiss Contract and Corporate Law

The most important Swiss contract and corporate laws are available in English, French, German and Italian on the website of the Swiss Confederation.


Guidelines for Arbitrators

For the accounting of expenses, arbitrators shall follow the guidelines below: