Arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules (2021)

The following Arbitration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules (2021)
  • Background to the DIFC-LCIA Rules 2021
  • The DIFC-LCIA Secretariat
  • Support from DIFC Courts
  • The role of the DIFC Arbitration Institute

Arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules (2021)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Many arbitral organisations have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with practical guidance and/or changes to their usual procedures and ways of working. For information on how this content and relevant arbitration proceedings may be impacted, see Practice Note: Arbitral organisations and coronavirus (COVID-19)—practical impact. For additional information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arbitration—overview.

Background to the DIFC-LCIA Rules 2021

The DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre was originally established in 2008 as a quasi joint venture between the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Following the creation of the DIFC Arbitration Institute by Dubai Statute, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre was relaunched in November 2015.

The first edition of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules were adopted to take effect on and from 1 January 2008 (the 2008 Rules). A second edition of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules took effect from 1 October 2016 (the 2016 Rules), and for guidance on the 2016 Rules see: DIFC-LCIA arbitration—overview. Following revisions to the LCIA Arbitration Rules in 2020 (the LCIA Rules 2020), a third edition of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules was published and took effect on 1 January 2021, applying to arbitrations commenced on or after that date.

Like the LCIA Arbitration Rules on which they are based, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules 2021 (the Rules) are intended to be ‘light touch’ arbitration rules.

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