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

ICC UAE Nomination Committee

ICC UAE Contact Person
Hassan Al Hashemi Contact Person – ICC UAE Team Secretary General, ICC UAE
Habibullah Rizwan Contact Person – ICC UAE Team Operations Manager, ICC UAE
ICC UAE Nomination Committee (May – July 2024)
Fatima Balfaqeeh Nomination Commission – Chair Vice Chair, ICC UAE Commission on
Arbitration & ADR
Hend Al Mehairi Nomination Commission – Member Steering Committee Member, ICC UAE Commission on
Arbitration & ADR
Victor P. Leginsky Nomination Commission – Member Steering Committee Member, ICC UAE Commission on
Arbitration & ADR

Upcoming Commission Events

Name of Event Date Venue Country /Countries
Arbitration & ADR in Georgia and the Wider Region 14th June 2024 The Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel, 29 Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, 0108, Georgia. Georgia
9th ICC Asia Pacific Conference on International Arbitration 27-28 Jun 2024

Training: 27 June 2024 Conference: 28 June 2024

Venue: Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, Singapore 078885 Singapore
2nd ICC Malaysia Arbitration Day 2nd July 2024 The Auditorium, Level 3, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Bangunan Sulaiman
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2nd ICC Mexican Arbitration Day – Efficiency challenges for arbitration: Tools to reduce time and costs 4th July 2024 Hotel Four Seasons México

Av. P.º de la Reforma 500, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Mexico City, Mexico

ICC China Arbitration Day 4th July 2024 To be announced shortly China
ICC Institute of World Business Law Advanced Training on Oral Advocacy 3rd September 2024 Hotel Mulia Senayan

Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan Jakarta 10270, Indonesia

6th ICC Indonesia Arbitration Day 4th September 2024 Ballroom, Hotel Mulia Senayan
Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Middle East 9-10 September 2024 (workshop 1-2)

18-19 November 2024 (workshop 3-4)

February 2025 (workshop 5-6)

May 2025 (workshop 7-8)

Workshop 1 -2 – Doha, Qatar

Workshop 3-4 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Workshop 5-6 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Workshop 7-8 Cairo, Egypt

Workshop 1-2 = Qatar

Workshop 3-4 = United Arab Emirates

Workshop 5-6 = Saudi Arabia

Work shop 7-8 = Egypt

ICC India Arbitration Conference – Mumbai 2024 14th September 2024 Venue to be announced shortly. Mumbai… India
19th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration 25th – 26th September 2024 ICC Institute Training 25 September 2024 Venue: TBC

19th ICC New York Conference 26 September 2024 Venue: 583 Park Avenue, 63rd Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

United States of America (USA)
9th ICC YAAF Global Conference 27th September 2024 Hogan Lovells US LLP, 390 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, United States United States of America (USA)
ICC FIDIC Conference on International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution 17-18 October 2024 Venue: tbc Seoul Korea
ICC Belgrade Infrastructure and Dispute Resolution Conference 7th November 2024 Serbian Chamber of Commerce Resavska 13-15, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia Serbia
Dubai Arbitration Week 11-15th November 2024 Dubai United Arab Emirates
Conference on Res Judicata, Claim Preclusion, Issue Preclusion and Claim Splitting 13th November 2024 Les Salons de l’Aéro-Club de France, 6 rue Galilée, 75116 Paris, France France
7th ICC India Arbitration Day 16th November 2024 Venue to be announced shortly. New Delhi India
22nd ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration 1st – 3rd December 2024

1st December = training

2-3rd December = The Conference

Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States United States of America (USA)
13th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration 10-11th February 2025 10th February (training) 11th February (The Conference) Training: ADGM Academy Al Maryah Island, Maqam Tower 3, Floor 20, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Conference: ADGM Auditorium, ADGM Authorities Building Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates


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


ICC Founding Partners