Arbitration and ADR

The Commission on Arbitration and ADR is  and ICC’s rule-making body,  unique think tank and leading global body of experts in the field of international dispute resolution.

About the Commission

The Commission on Arbitration and ADR is ICC’s rule-making body and unique think tank in the field of international dispute resolution. The commission drafts and revises the various ICC rules for dispute resolution, including the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the ICC ADR Rules, the ICC Dispute Board Rules, and the ICC Rules for Expertise. In its research capacity, it proposes new policies in the interest of efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution and provides useful tools for the conduct of dispute resolution. It also produces reports and guidelines on legal, procedural and practical aspects of dispute resolution, which are published regularly in electronic format, in the ICC Bulletin , or in separate booklets.

The commission provides for a global forum of around 1000 members coming from more than 92 countries including lawyers, in-house counsel, arbitrators, mediators, law professors and experts in various dispute resolution fields. All contribute to ensure that ICC dispute resolution services adapt to the legislative and technological developments. The specific work of the commission is often carried out in smaller task forces. The commission holds two plenary sessions per year at which proposed rules, reports and guidelines are discussed, debated, and voted upon.

ICC UAE works closely with the ICC Court and the ICC Centre for ADR, the commission drafts and revises the International Chamber of Commerce’s comprehensive range of rules for dispute resolution:

      • ICC Rules of Arbitration
      • Rules of ICC as Appointing Authority
      • ICC Mediation Rules
      • ICC Dispute Board Rules
      • ICC Expert Rules
      • ICC DOCDEX Rules

More information about ICC’s Arbitration Commission can be found here.


As a forum for pooling ideas on issues relating to international arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR aims to:

    • Draft and revise ICC’s Arbitration, Mediation, Expert, Dispute Board Rules and other forms of dispute resolution rules.
    • Study the juridical and other aspects of arbitration and alternative modes of international dispute settlement, and examine them in view of current developments.
    • Provide reports, guidelines and best practices on a range of topics of current relevance to the world of arbitration and ADR, with a view to improving ICC dispute resolution services.
    • Create a link among arbitrators, counsel and users to enable ICC dispute resolution to respond effectively to users’ needs.
    • Promote ICC’s various dispute resolution services in the UAE.

Leading Dispute Resolution worldwide

In an increasingly tumultuous trade environment where access to justice and the rule of law are key to ensuring business continuity, ICC Dispute Resolution Services facilitate the resolution of commercial disputes with unmatched levels of service.

ICC DRS offers a range of services to promote the continuity of global trade by helping commercial parties avoid, manage and resolve their disputes efficiently.

Dispute Resolution Services, including ICC Arbitration and dispute avoidance tools, ensure that when disputes arise, they are resolved quickly and efficiently. This allows parties to focus on their core business priorities with complete peace of mind, thanks to cost and process transparency, security and confidentiality.

How DRS works

To resolve disputes effectively and efficiently, businesses need a fair process and equal access to justice. Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms give parties fast, predictable, cost effective and efficient access to justice which is why businesses include arbitration and ADR clauses in their commercial contracts.

ICC DRS offers a wide choice of customisable services for every stage of a dispute, from the services offered by the ICC International Centre for ADR (mediation, experts, dispute boards and docdex) to ICC Arbitration, delivered by the most trusted institution  worldwide: the ICC International Court of Arbitration.  ICC’s range of administered procedures can be used separately, successively or even concurrently as an alternative to litigation for resolving domestic and international disputes.

ICC Arbitration is a process guided by the ICC Rules of Arbitration. ICC’s globally accessible and completely neutral services are available to anyone, from individuals and private sector enterprises to states and state entities. Anyone can benefit from ICC Arbitration’s flexibility and effectiveness. The only requirement for a party to be able to benefit from ICC Arbitration is to consent to its use in a contract, treaty or separate arbitration agreement. This is usually provided for before a dispute arises, but may also occur after the dispute has taken place.

The International Court of Arbitration is the world’s leading arbitral institution. Since 1923, ICC has been helping to resolve disputes in international commercial and investment disputes.

Unrivalled in experience and expertise, the ICC Court and its Secretariat are always ready to assist parties and arbitral tribunals with any questions relating to the conduct of the arbitration and strive to ensure ICC awards are enforceable. The Court’s Secretariat, with over 100 lawyers and support personnel, operating through offices in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore, Sao Paolo, and Abu Dhabi administers cases in any chosen language. It continuously seeks to improve efficiency, control time and costs, and aid enforcement by introducing innovative new arbitration tools and procedures. This ongoing focus makes certain that ICC is always in touch with the concerns and interests of trading partners throughout the world.

ICC Documents:


ICC Rules of Arbitration (please hyperlink here:

ICC Mediation Rules

ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR reports

ICC DRS publications and resources

Download free of charge the latest ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin

Dr Mahmood Hussain


Founding Partner
Mahmood Hussain Law Firm

Fatima Balfaqeeh

Vice Chair

Managing Director
Balfaqeeh Advocates & Legal Consultancy LLC

Karim Nassif

Vice Chair

Nassif Arbitration

Zaynab Penot


Founding Partner
Averroes Law

Adrian Cole


Independent Arbitrator
Adrian Cole FZ LLE

Alex Bevan


Shearman and Sterling

Ali Ismail Al Zarouni


Managing Partner
Horizons & Co

Alyazia Khalifa AlMarri


Alyazia Khalifa AlMarri Accounting & Auditing

Anja Bolz


Independent Chartered Arbitrator
Bolz Arbitration

Haitham Mokhtar Abdelaty


Committee Member
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – UAE Branch

Hend Al Mehairi


Al Tamimi & Co

Iryna Akulenka


Committee Member
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – UAE Branch

Nasser Ali Khasawneh


Partner, Head of Technology Media and Telecoms Sector
Eversheds Sutherland

Sara Koleilat-Aranjo


Al Tamimi & Company

Victor P. Leginsky


Chartered Arbitrator
Arbitralis ADR

Program of Action

  • Hold one Commission Meeting and four Steering Committee Meetings.
  • Organize the 6th ICC-UAE Trade Finance Conference to highlight the latest developments in trade finance, global sanctions, insights on ICC trade finance survey results and outlooks for business in UAE.
  • Launch the Islamic Trade Finance Survey and develop Islamic Trade Finance Guidelines in partnership with the ICC Regional Banking Commission MENA.
  • Promote the ICC Banking Commission annual meeting in Jakarta.
  • Promote the finalized set of uniform rules for international factoring, in partnership with Factor Chain International (FCI).
  • Promote the ICC Trade Finance Register in partnership with the ICC Regional Banking Commission MENA.
  • Make recommendations to the Business 20/G20 process on key issues related to trade finance.
  • Help in promoting the ICC Academy educational offering in trade finance.


ICC Founding Partners