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History of Arbitration in Switzerland
Arbitration has been a preferred method of dispute resolution in Switzerland since the Middle Ages

Switzerland became a centre for international dispute settlement after the Congress of Vienna in 1815 officially recognised its neutrality in international conflicts.


First modern commercial arbitration conducted by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services


First commercial arbitration rules published in Switzerland by the Basel Chamber of Commerce (as it was known back then)


The Alabama Case: the most famous international arbitration in diplomatic history, held in Geneva between Great Britain and the United States


The Zurich Chamber of Commerce establishes a Commercial Arbitration Court


The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) is founded


The Swiss Private International Law Act enters into force, including its liberal Chapter 12 on international arbitration, which is a major game changer


Six Swiss chambers of commerce join forces and adopt the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, based on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with a firm but light institutional framework (revised 2012 and 2021)


Seven Swiss chambers of commerce adopt the Swiss Rules of Commercial Mediation (revised as Swiss Rules of Mediation in 2019)


The seven chambers of commerce create the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI)


Entry into force of the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure with Part 3 on domestic arbitration


The Swiss Parliament adopts a light revision of Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act, providing continuity while confirming and deepening the support of international arbitration


SCAI adopts the Rules of Mediation Procedure for Financial Services Disputes, based on the Swiss Financial Services Act


ASA creates Swiss Arbitration, which brings together under one common platform the main actors of commercial arbitration in Switzerland


SCAI becomes the Swiss Arbitration Centre Ltd., with ASA as main shareholder joining forces with the seven Swiss chambers of commerce

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