The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules
Produced in partnership with Naresh Thacker of Economic Laws Practice (ELP)

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Naresh Thacker of Economic Laws Practice (ELP) provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules
  • Background to the MCIA
  • Structure of the MCIA Rules
  • Administrative entities
  • Commencement of arbitration (rules 3 and 4)
  • Consolidation of proceedings (rule 5)
  • Appointment, confirmation and challenge of arbitrators (rules 6–11)
  • Expedited proceedings (rules 12 and 13)
  • Emergency interim relief (rule 14)
  • Interim relief (rule 15)
  • More...

The Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA)—an introduction to the institution and its arbitration rules

This Practice Note provides an introduction to Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA Rules) and its arbitration rules.

Background to the MCIA

Following its launch in October 2016, the MCIA has gathered momentum on the Indian arbitration scene due to its internationally aligned rules and robust secretariat. In fact, the state of Maharashtra, the Indian state where MCIA is located, has passed a resolution giving mandate to all Maharashtra government public sector undertakings to arbitrate only under MCIA Rules. A further endorsement came in July 2017 when the Supreme Court of India invoked section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 2015 and designated the MCIA to appoint an arbitrator.

The MCIA Rules (2nd Edition, 15 January 2017), which govern arbitration proceedings conducted under the administration of the MCIA, adopt a number of principles which are considered international best practices in arbitration. Having been drafted and reviewed by a committee of leading arbitration practitioners, the MCIA Rules make a strong case for progressive development of arbitration law in India. The MCIA Rules bring to India the much-needed concepts of emergency arbitration, expedited procedure and ‘sanity check’ of the awards. The contentious issues regarding appointment, confirmation and challenge to arbitrators have also been dealt with effectively.

The MCIA Rules came into force on 15 January

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