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Statistics 2023

Update from the Swiss Arbitration Centre

The Swiss Arbitration Centre registered a total of 100 new cases in 2023. 

The vast majority of cases filed in 2023 were arbitrations (91%), dominated by the following key industry sectors: manufacturing (9%), commodity mining and trading (11%), and banking and finance (14%). The most common types of agreements in dispute were sale of goods (33%) and services contracts (23%).

The Swiss Arbitration Centre reaffirmed its position as an international arbitration institution with international arbitration cases (meaning at least one party not registered nor domiciled in Switzerland) representing 78% of its caseload. The origin of the non-Swiss parties are from all over the world, including: Bulgaria, China, Ireland, Malaysia, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Swiss Arbitration Centre’s position as an international arbitration institution is also evidenced by its capacity to offer services in four different languages. In 2023, the multi-lingual Secretariat and Arbitration Court administered 18% of its arbitration cases in German, 15% in French, and 2% in Italian. English was the language used in 65% of the cases.

The Swiss Arbitration Centre has administered all types of cases over the years, handling smaller-value matters and high-value disputes facing different levels of complexity alike. The highest amount in dispute in an arbitration filed before the Swiss Arbitration Centre in 2023 was over CHF 530 million, whereas the lowest was around CHF 8,000, reflecting that dispute resolution under the Swiss Rules is accessible to a wide range of parties and disputes.

The Expedited Procedure provisions were applied in 45% of the arbitration cases, reflecting the Swiss Arbitration Centre’s capacity to provide straightforward, time- and cost-efficient dispute resolution services.

In terms of arbitrators appointed by the Court in 2023, 50% of such appointments were women.