Swiss Rules of International Arbitration
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The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with LALIVE provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Swiss Rules of International Arbitration
  • Development of the Swiss Rules
  • Usage of the Swiss Rules
  • Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution
  • Important features of arbitration proceedings under the Swiss Rules
  • Costs are administered by the arbitral tribunal
  • No scrutiny of the draft award
  • Efficient proceedings
  • The Rules provide for ex parte interim measures
  • Expedited procedure
  • More...

Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

STOP PRESS: A revised edition of the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration took effect on 1 June 2021 and apply to arbitrations commenced on or after that date, unless the parties have agreed otherwise. A suite of Practice Notes on arbitrating pursuant to the 2021 rules will be published in due course.

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.

Development of the Swiss Rules

Some of the local Swiss Chambers of Commerce have offered arbitration services as early as in the second half of the 19th century, including the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (from 1865) and the Zurich Chamber of Commerce (from 1873). The various Swiss Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Vaud and Zurich (the Chambers) applied their own rules of arbitration until 2004, when the Chambers replaced their former local arbitration rules by the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (the 2004 Swiss Rules).

The 2004 Swiss Rules were based on the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (the UNCITRAL Rules), with some significant modifications. In particular, unlike the UNCITRAL Rules, the Swiss

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