Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce
  • Country: Croatia
  • City: Zagreb
  • Type of organization: Arbitration Court
  • Date of creation: 1853
  • Interests: Arbitration - Conciliation
  • Fields of expertise: International Commercial Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Origin

The Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (PAC-CCC) was established in 1853. After 1945 the PAC-CCC temporarily ceased to exist. It was reestablished in 1965 when the soviet model of arbitration was abandoned and replaced by the modern Western model of voluntary arbitration. After the independence of Croatia in 1991, PAC-CCC started to be active in the settlement of international commercial disputes. Its Rules of International Arbitration, called also Zagreb Rules, were drafted along the lines of the UNCITRAL Rules.

Over the last ten years, more than 300 new actions have been brought. Among them, 40% have been international disputes involving parties from 25 different countries.

[edit] Functions

The main function of the Court is to administer international commercial arbitrations under its Rules. The Rules are available in Croatian, English, French, German and Italian. The Court holds a non-binding list of arbitrators, for the time being of Croatian nationality. It is expected soon to have the list extended to a number of reputed foreign arbitrators. It decides on the prima facie existence of an arbitration agreement, appoints arbitrators and decides on challenges made against arbitrators.

[edit] Services

  • To perform various administrative tasks including giving assistance to arbitrators and assisting in the preparation of hearings;
  • Management of a legal library.

The Permanent Arbitration Court is not a separate court. It is a specific auxiliary service that assists parties and arbitrators in carrying out proceedings. Its basic tasks are assistance in establishing an arbitration tribunal that consists of one or more arbitrators appointed by the disputing parties as well as in providing conditions for a quick and proper execution of arbitration proceedings.

The composition and work of the Court are regulated by its basic documents. The procedure in a litigation that has no international elements is regulated by the Rules of the Permanent Arbitration Court, while the Zagreb Rules (Zagrebačka pravila) apply in disputes with international character.

The lists of the Permanent Arbitration Court from which parties may choose their arbitrators include about 150 Croatian and foreign legal experts. In addition to arbitration proceedings, the Court also organizes commercial conciliation procedures. As of 1994, the Court has been publishing the Croatian Arbitration Yearbook, a periodical in English, which has become the leading international arbitration publication in Croatia and the region.

Over the last eleven years, the Court has been organising an international arbitration conference in December - Croatian Arbitration Days.

On the international level, the Court co-operates with a number of foreign and international organisations. Co-operation agreements have been concluded with eight eminent arbitration institutions. The Court regularly exchanges experience with institutions from neighbouring countries.

[edit] Conciliation Centre

The Conciliation Centre of the Croatian Chamber of Economy is an institution dedicated to organising and carrying out conciliation proceedings in business disputes. Before it was established in July 2002, conciliation had been carried out by the Permanent Arbitration Court.

The proceedings handled by the Centre allow the settlement of business disputes in a way that is satisfactory to all parties and that may create conditions for further business co-operation. Through the Arbitration Court and the Conciliation Centre, the Croatian Chamber of Economy provides to entrepreneurs an integrated framework that allows fast and adequate settlement of business disputes outside a court of justice.

[edit] Contact

Stalno izbrano sudiste Hrvatska gospodarska komora Rooseveltov trg 2 City Zagreb - Croatia

Phone: (385) 1 460 67 32

Fax: (385) 1 460 67 52


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