Pre-arbitral referee

Filing a request for referee

A party who requires the appointment of a Referee must send two copies of its Request and of any annexed documents to the Secretariat.

Such party must at the same time notify the other party or parties of the Request by the quickest method of delivery available, including telefax.

Each such Request must be accompanied by the amount of US$5,000.

Elements of the Request for Referee

The Request shall be in writing and shall contain in particular:

  1. the names and addresses of the parties to the agreement together with a brief description of the legal relationships between the parties;
  2. a copy of the agreement on which the Request is based;
  3. the Order or Orders requested and an explanation of the grounds relied on so as to show that the Request falls within Article 2.1;
  4. as the case may be, the name of the Referee chosen by agreement of the parties;
  5. any information concerning the choice of the Referee required to be appointed, including, as appropriate, technical or professional qualifications, nationality and language requirements;
  6. confirmation that the request has been sent to every other party, stating the means by which this has been done and enclosing proof of transmission, such as postal registration form, receipt from a private courier or telefax receipt. 

The Request for the appointment of a Referee should be submitted to:

The Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration®
33-43 avenue du President Wilson
75116 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 1 49 53 28 78
Fax: +33 1 86 26 67 49

Payment details

The payment must originate from the party to the case. All payment details can be found here.

ICC is bound to operate in conformity with applicable sanctions regulations (such as those imposed by the United Nations, European Union and Office of Foreign Assets Control. If parties have reasonable doubt that a sanctions regime is applicable to their request, they must inform ICC in advance prior to submitting any such request and prior to paying the respective filing fee. In such case, please contact

The ICC International Court of Arbitration® and the International Centre for ADR compliance policies and procedures can be found here.