Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration – ACICA

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Country: Australia
  • City: Sydney
  • Type of organization: International institution
  • Date of creation: 1985
  • Interests: Arbitration - Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Commercial

[edit] Description

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is an Australian international arbitral institution. Established in 1985 as a not-for-profit public company, its membership includes world leading practitioners and academics expert in the field of international and domestic commercial arbitration. ACICA aims to educate, promote and encourage the use of international commercial arbitration as a means of dispute resolution, and to promote Sydney and Australia as an international seat of arbitration.

The objects of ACICA are to support and facilitate international arbitration and to promote Sydney and Australia as a venue for international commercial arbitrations.

ACICA maintains a panel of international arbitrators and a list of experienced arbitration practitioners. It provides information on international arbitration and is involved in education through the provision of seminars.

[edit] Services

Upon request, ACICA can make available or arrange for such facilities and assistance for the conduct of arbitral proceedings as may be required, including the suitable accommodation for sittings of arbitral tribunals, secretarial assistance and interpretation facilities. ACICA can also appoint or recommend experienced arbitrators, fix fees and hold security deposits for arbitrations. ACICA can also recommend experienced arbitration practitioners.

ACICA can also appoint mediators and provide administrative services for international mediations.

[edit] Legal Framework of International Arbitration in Australia

In general international arbitrations in Australia are governed by federal legislation, the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth). The Act incorporates an internationally accepted law on arbitration known as the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. However, parties are permitted to exclude this law. Where they do so the arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Act of the State or Territory where the arbitration is held.

In addition to giving force of law in Australia to the UNCITRAL Model Law, the International Arbitration Act implements two international conventions. The first is the New York Convention, which provides for the international enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards. The second is the Washington Convention which provides for a special system of arbitration for disputes between States (countries) and foreign investors.

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[edit] Contact

Level 6, 50 Park Street Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: +61 (0) 2 9286-3591

Fax: +61 (0) 2 9267-3125

Email: ematthews@acica.org.au (secretary general)

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