AAA Commercial Rules—tribunal's appointment and powers
Produced in partnership with Tim Tyler and Aislinn Affinito of Vinson & Elkins LLP Houston & DC
AAA Commercial Rules—tribunal's appointment and powers

The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Tim Tyler and Aislinn Affinito of Vinson & Elkins LLP Houston & DC provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • AAA Commercial Rules—tribunal's appointment and powers
  • Roles of the parties and the institution in arbitrator selection
  • Number of arbitrators
  • Impartiality and independence
  • Communication with arbitrators
  • Timing/handling of challenges
  • Power of the tribunal under AAA commercial rules

The AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures including the Procedures for Large, Complex Commercial Disputes (Commercial Rules) were revised with effect from 1 October 2013. A Fee Schedule applies to Commercial Rules arbitrations (effective 1 May 2018). This Practice Note reflects the revised Commercial Rules.

For an introduction to the AAA and the Commercial Rules, see Practice Note: AAA Commercial Rules.

Note: each of the Commercial Rules is prefixed by a letter, eg 'R' or 'L'. Relevant rule letters/numbers are set out below.

Roles of the parties and the institution in arbitrator selection

If the agreement of the parties names an arbitrator(s) or specifies a method of appointment, that designation or method will be followed (R. 13(a)). If any party fails to make the appointment as required, the AAA will make the appointment. If the agreement fails to specify a time for making the party appointment, the AAA will notify the party to make the appointment, and the AAA will then make the appointment itself in the event that the party has not done so within 14 calendar days from the date the AAA sent notice (R. 13(can’[td)).

If the parties have not appointed an arbitrator and have not provided any other method of appointment, the AAA selects the arbitrator(s) by the list method. The AAA will simultaneously send each party an