| Commentary

4 The role of arbitral institutions

| Commentary

4 The role of arbitral institutions

The term ‘arbitral institutions’ in the present context refers to those institutions solely or primarily administering commercial contract arbitrations. They must be distinguished from specialist institutions which, amongst their other activities, are involved in arbitration in their own particular field. In the United Kingdom there are a number of these specialist institutions. They range from professional bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), to local and regional chambers of commerce, and to trade associations in commodity markets such as

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