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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Country: Switzerland
  • City: Basel
  • Type of organization: non-profit association
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Arbitration
  • Fields of expertise: Promotion & Development

[edit] Description

The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) is a non-profit association with over 1000 individual members, practitioners and academics engaged and/or interested in domestic and international arbitration. Membership is open to all nationalities and irrespective of the level of experience; actually more than 350 members reside outside of Switzerland. Many of the most distinguished names in international arbitration are ASA Members.

ASA contributes to the development of arbitration law and practice i.a. through regular conferences and workshops, Local Group meetings and publication of the renown quarterly ASA Bulletin and the ASA Special Series. ASA also participates as a NGO in the conferences of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration. The ASA Group Below 40 organizes events especially for young arbitrators.

ASA does not itself serve as an institution hosting or administering arbitral proceedings.

Switzerland has a longstanding tradition as one of the preferred countries for hosting international arbitration. A number of reasons may account for this success: Political neutrality, a well developed legal system, geographically convenient location, but more important, the Swiss openness of mind for different values, cultures and perceptions of foreign parties coming to arbitrate in Switzerland.

[edit] Arbitration in Switzerland

ASA is not an arbitral institution and has no specific Arbitration Rules. Arbitration in Switzerland is offered by many institutions in Switzerland and abroad.

In particular, the Chambers of Commerce in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich offer international arbitration under the Swiss Rules.

Other international arbitration institutions also conduct arbitrations in Switzerland. For the proceedings under the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) locations in Switzerland are among the most frequently selected places. The Arbitration Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is one of the leading organization for domain name disputes but also handles other intellectual property cases.

The Court of Arbitration for Sports settles sport related disputes from all over the world and its ad hoc Division is present at all Olympic Games. Further international arbitration proceedings are held under the UNCITRAL Rules or under the Rules of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

In the field of inter-State arbitration, Switzerland also has a leading role in the world. Since the Alabama arbitration held in Geneva in a dispute between the United Kingdom and the United States (award of 1872), which marks the beginning of modern inter-State arbitration, many disputes have been subject to arbitration in Switzerland, such as the Beagle Channel (Chile v. Argentina), Taba (Egypt v. Israel) and some of the most famous State contract arbitration, including Aramco v. Saudi Arabia, Texaco/Calasiatic v. Libya, Aminoil v. Kuwait.

International trade disputes are resolved under the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva. Other large scale dispute settlement mechanisms are the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts (CRT) in Zurich and the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva (dealing with reparation claims against Iraq after the 1990/91 Gulf War).

[edit] Contact

ASA - Secretariat Aeschenvorstadt 67 CH - 4010 Basel - Switzerland

Tel: +41 61 270 6015

Fax. +41 61 270 6005

Email: wangler@arbitration-ch.org

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