LCIA (2020)—tribunal's duties and powers

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

  • LCIA (2020)—tribunal's duties and powers
  • The tribunal’s duties under the LCIA Rules
  • The tribunal’s jurisdiction and authority under the LCIA Rules
  • The tribunal’s procedural powers under the LCIA Rules
  • Decision making
  • Time
  • Language
  • Procedural timetable
  • Submissions (the written stage of proceedings)
  • Evidence
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LCIA (2020)—tribunal's duties and powers

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.

This Practice Note concerns London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration proceedings pursuant to the LCIA Arbitration Rules 2020 (the LCIA Rules) effective 1 October 2020.

For practical guidance on arbitration pursuant to the LCIA Rules 2014 and 1998, the previous versions, see the relevant Practice Notes here: LCIA arbitration—overview.

In institutional arbitration, a tribunal’s duties are not only to the parties but also to the institution. The LCIA Rules impose a number of obligations on arbitrators but adopt a relatively light touch in comparison, for example, to the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Rules).

The LCIA Rules provide only a framework for an arbitration conducted in accordance with them but they set out clearly powers which the tribunal will have in every case and powers which it will have in default of agreement between the parties.

It is particularly important to understand these duties and powers as a tribunal that acts in breach of its obligations under the LCIA Rules, or in excess of its powers,

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