Swiss Rules—starting an arbitration (the Notice of Arbitration)
Swiss Rules—starting an arbitration (the Notice of Arbitration)

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

  • Swiss Rules—starting an arbitration (the Notice of Arbitration)
  • Submitting a Notice of Arbitration
  • Content of the Notice of Arbitration
  • Content of the Statement of Claim
  • Payments
  • Payments by the claimant
  • Payments by both parties
  • Consolidation

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.

Submitting a Notice of Arbitration

An arbitration under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (the Swiss Rules) administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (the SCAI) is commenced by a Notice of Arbitration. The Notice of Arbitration must be submitted to the Secretariat at any of the addresses listed in Appendix A to the Swiss Rules (art 3.1) which are the following eight Chambers of Commerce in Switzerland:

  1. Basel Chamber of Commerce

  2. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bern

  3. Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services

  4. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Central Switzerland

  5. Neuchâtel Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  6. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ticino

  7. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vaud

  8. Zurich Chamber of Commerce

The arbitral proceedings are deemed to have commenced on the date upon which the Notice of Arbitration is received by the Secretariat (art 3.2).

The Secretariat may ask the claimant to complete an incomplete Notice of Arbitration, to provide additional copies or to provide a translation if the notice is not submitted in either English, German,

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