ADCCAC—the arbitral panel
Produced in partnership with Alec Emmerson of ADR Management Consultancies

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Alec Emmerson of ADR Management Consultancies provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • ADCCAC—the arbitral panel
  • Appointment process
  • Challenges to appointment
  • Replacing an arbitrator
  • Neutrality and independence
  • Jurisdiction/competence
  • Provisional and precautionary measures
  • Protection of the Panel

ADCCAC—the arbitral panel

Arbitration under the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC) 2013 Procedural Regulations of Arbitration (the 2013 Regulations) are conducted by a panel of arbitrations (the Panel), which can be formed of one or more arbitrators, provided it is an odd number (art 8). If the parties do not agree on the number of arbitrators, a sole arbitrator shall be appointed unless it appears to the ADCCAC Centre (the Centre) (see: Arbitrating under the ADCCAC Regulations 2013—Roles and definitions) due to the amount, nature or circumstances of the dispute that more than one arbitrator should be appointed.

This Practice Note is based on the ‘official’ English version of the 2013 Regulations. There are discrepancies between Arabic and English in relation to the translation of mandatory or permissive words. The original version is however in Arabic and it is Arabic which will prevail should there be any dispute concerning the 2013 Regulations.

Appointment process

The arbitrators (the Panel) are to be appointed by agreement of the parties (art 9.1), failing which they will be appointed in accordance with the 2013 Regulations as follows:

  1. if the parties have agreed a sole arbitrator, they must designate the arbitrator within 14 days of the date on which the respondent was notified of the arbitration request. If the parties do not agree the appointment within the set time (or

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