DIAC—responding to a Request for Arbitration
Produced in partnership with 39 Essex Chambers

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with 39 Essex Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • DIAC—responding to a Request for Arbitration
  • How do I respond to a request?
  • What if I have a counterclaim?
  • What happens if I don't file an Answer?
  • What if I can't file the Answer in time?

DIAC—responding to a Request for Arbitration

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.

NOTE: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) has published guidance in respect of pending and future DIAC arbitration proceedings. This Practice Note should be read in light of that guidance. For more information, see: LNB News 27/03/2020 51, and keep up to date with the latest information on the organisation’s website.

All references to Articles in this Practice Note are to Articles of the Arbitration Rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC and the DIAC Rules)

An arbitration under the DIAC Rules is commenced by the claimant filing a Request for Arbitration (the Request) with DIAC (Article 4.1 of the DIAC Arbitration Rules 2007 the Rules).

For more information on the Request, including what it must contain see Practice Note DIAC—starting an arbitration.

How do I respond to a request?

The Request will be served on the respondent by DIAC.

The first thing to do is to check that the Request has complied with the DIAC Arbitration Rules, notwithstanding that this should also have been

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