Swiss Rules—procedure
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  • Swiss Rules—procedure
  • Notice of Arbitration and the Answer; the Statement of Claim and the Statement of Defence
  • The parties’ written submissions
  • Seat and hearing venue
  • Hearings
  • Closing of proceedings
  • Language of the proceedings
  • Confidentiality
  • Expedited procedure
  • Awards

Swiss Rules—procedure

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.

The Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (the Swiss Rules), which entered into force on 1 June 2012, leave considerable discretion to the arbitral tribunal when it comes to the procedure of the arbitration. The arbitrators may conduct the proceedings in such manner as they consider appropriate, provided that they ensure equal treatment of the parties and their right to be heard (art 15.1).

The arbitral tribunal must, in consultation with the parties, prepare a provisional timetable for the arbitral proceedings at an early stage of the proceedings. In practice, the provisional timetable is often issued following an initial case management conference between the tribunal and the parties. The provisional timetable must be provided to the parties and, for information, to

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