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

The following Arbitration guidance 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
  • Consolidation

Submitting a Notice of Arbitration

An arbitration under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (the Swiss Rules) administered by the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (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 seven 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. Neuchatel Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  5. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ticino

  6. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vaud

  7. 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, French or Italian.

If the claimant complies with the Secretariat's directions within the applicable time limit, the Notice of Arbitration is deemed to have been filed on the date upon which the first version was received by the Secretariat (art 3.5). The Secretariat will then provide a copy of the notice with exhibits to the respondent (art 3.5).

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