In its latest Newsletter, SCAI is honoured to share that it has won the GAR Award for the Arbitral Institution that impressed in the past year, at the Milan GAR Awards ceremony in late March 2017. You will also learn about the newly elected President of the SCAI Board, and the success of SCAI's past events. Finally save the dates for our events and stay tuned for the next Newsletter.
SCAI is always trying to best suit your needs and to promote innovation in this regard. In this first edition of our 2017 Newsletter, you will be able to read about the start of the revision process of our Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation, learn more about the report of SCAI's First Innovation Conference held in Geneva in early February 2017, and find information about recent case law of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
SCAI is yet again one step ahead with its new customizable arbitration clause, designed to allow contracting parties to super-expedite future potential arbitration proceedings between them. Read about this new “turbo clause”, interesting recent case law, upcoming events and other developments in SCAI’s 4th Newsletter of 2016.
SCAI is glad to announce that it has registered its 1'000th Swiss Rules arbitration case. In this Newsletter you will also learn about the success of the Emergency Relief Proceedings under the Swiss Rules, and about the new composition of the SCAI Arbitration Court.
In this Newsletter, you will find highlights on the 2015 statistics, and learn about SCAI's new website. It is also the opportunity to welcome the new members of the Secretariat and the Arbitration Court, and to say farewell to others.
Come and meet SCAI's new Executive Director! In this Newsletter, you will also learn about the strenghts of Switzerland as a place of arbitration.
ASA Comments on Revision of Swiss International Arbitration Law, 12 May 2017, ASA
The Swiss Arbitration Association – submits its comments in the official consultation on the proposed revision of Swiss international arbitration law (Chapter 12 of the Private International Law Act). more
A bella notte in Milan, GAR, 5 May 2017
The GAR Guide to Regional Arbitration award for an international arbitral institution that impressed went to Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution, in recognition of a landmark year which marked 500 years of Swiss neutrality, 150 years of documented arbitration services by the Swiss chambers and the 1,000th case under the Swiss rules. The award was accepted by a team from the SCAI, including executive director and general counsel Caroline Ming.
Caroline Ming, Executive Director of SCAI, and Vincent Subilia, President of the Board of SCAI, explain the benefits of selecting Geneva as the seat of an arbitration and the main features of the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration.
SCAI New Customizable Arbitration Clause, ILO & Lexology, 17 March 2017
Dr. Jonathan Baier, Dr. Bernhard Meyer and Dr. Dominik Vock, Partners at MME Legal Tax Compliance, welcome our new innovative online drafting tool to customize arbitration clauses and super-expedite procedures, for which we have been nominated by GAR for a prize in the category “best innovation by an individual or an organisation”.
SCAI reports further to the 1st SCAI Innovation Conference held in Geneva on 2 February 2017. This interactive conference focussed on specific expedited proceedings issues, and on traditional and innovative ways to further expedite aribtral proceedings. It is the first one of a series of conferences dedicated to these specific proceedings and their developments.
Thomas Legler, an arbitration practitioner based in Geneva, gives his opinion on the evolution of the arbitration field in Switzerland and abroad.
GAR reports on SCAI's one-of-a-kind customizable arbitration clause, which allows users to super-expedite their arbitration proceedings at the click of a mouse! While originally created with the commodities trade and shipping sector in mind, the clause meets the needs of users in any industry, who wish to quickly resolve their disputes. Read more about the turbo clause here.
New president for Swiss Institution in milestone year, GAR, 21 November 2016
GAR reports on changes in the leadership of the SCAI Arbitration Court, as it marks 500 years of Swiss neutrality, 150 years of documented arbitration services by the Swiss Chambers, and the 1000th case administered under the Swiss Rules. Read more about SCAI’s milestone year here.
Swiss law trumps all: Why arbitration still gravitates towards the European hub. The Lawyer, 13 October 2016.
Prominent arbitration practitioners explain in this article why Switzerland has for centuries been - and continues to be - a favourite place for international arbitration. They agree that this is in large part due to the Swiss neutrality, the modern and user-friendly Swiss laws and rules, and the professional quality of practitioners, counsel as well as arbitrators. Read more here.
Arbitrage mode d’emploi, PME Magazine, 3 October 2016
What, when, how and how much? Everything companies ever wanted to know about arbitration is explained in this article published in PME Magazine. (Article available in French only)
Genève Berceau de l’Arbitrage, AGEFI, 12 September 2016
This press article explains briefly the main features of arbitration and of mediation, and the services offered by SCAI with regard to the administration of arbitration and mediation cases. (Article available in French only)
ACC shows dispute resolution under active discussion in Rome. CDR News, 22 August 2016.
This article is a recap of the main highlights from the May 2016 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) event in Rome, where dispute resolution was an integral part of the discussion. Ms. Caroline Ming, Executive Director of SCAI, discussed the differences between arbitration, mediation and litigation, and the need for in-house lawyers to insert the right clauses in contracts and to know how to use each of these dispute resolution means. Read more here.
SCAI releases gender diversity stats. GAR, 17 August 2016.
As part of SCAI’s commitment to fair representation and gender equality, the institution included in its 2015 statistics data on the appointment of female arbitrators. This data demonstrates that in 2015, 47% of the arbitrators appointed by the SCAI Arbitration Court were women. Read more here.
The In-House-Counsel's Perspective. Conference Report, 3 August 2016.
This report offers a summary of key discussions of the 18 March 2016 conference, the In-House Counsel’s Perspective, whose main theme was to examine the challenges associated with arbitration from the perspective of in-house counsel. Panellists agreed that there had been an evolutionary change in corporate culture, in the sense that disputes were no longer about winning or losing, but about moving the business forward. Read more here.
Corporate Counsel Swap Views in London. GAR, 1 June 2016.
This article offers a shorter recap of the 18 March 2016 conference on in-house counsel, highlighting an interesting discussion on the benefits of having arbitrators appointed by institutions. Ms. Caroline Ming, Executive Director of SCAI, argued that institutions are in the best position to know which arbitrators are available and appropriate for a given case. Read more here.
La justice privée gagne du terrain, Swissquote, 2 May 2016
Through practical examples and accounts this press article sets out the advantages of arbitration, and of Geneva as a place to arbitrate. (Article available in French only)