Commission on Arbitration and ADR

The Commission on Arbitration and ADR is ICC Disputes Resolution Services’ unique think tank. To enable thought leadership in the field of dispute resolution, it pools expertise and raises awareness and understanding on practical and legal issues in arbitration and ADR.

To adapt to the latest legislative and technological developments and to meet the evolving needs of practitioners and businesses everywhere, the commission also provides input on proposed modifications of dispute resolution rules applied in ICC Dispute Resolution Services prior to their submission to the Executive Board for approval. 

In its research capacity, the commission studies legal, procedural and practical aspects of arbitration and ADR in the interest of access to justice and efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution. Carrying out specific projects in Task Force or Working Groups, its work results in concrete guidance and useful tools, recommendations or model clauses often shaped or included in practical reports and guides published in free booklets and electronic format on the ICC website or in the ICC Bulletin.  

The commission’s membership consists of delegates appointed by national committees) as well as ICC court members and counts over 1,300 members from more than 100 countries comprising lawyers, in-house counsel, arbitrators, mediators, law professors and experts in various dispute resolution fields. 

The commission meets, at least, twice each year to discuss and approve reports and guides. 

The commission’s steering committee, comprising the Chair and Vice-Chairs along with other representatives of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, meets regularly during the year to discuss and agree upon the overall action plan for the commission, including proposals to establish new new task forces. 


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Steering Committee :  

Chair Melanie van Leeuwen
Derains & Gharavi (The Netherlands; based in Paris) 
 Vice-Chairs Babatunde Ajibade, SAN 
S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. (Nigeria; based in Lagos)

Philippe Cavalieros   
Simmons & Simmons (France; based in Paris)  

Payel Chatterjee   
Trilegal (India; based in Mumbai) 
José Ricardo Feris   
Squire Patton Boggs (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Spain; based in Paris)  
Susanne Gropp-Stadler  
Siemens Mobility GmbH (Germany; based in Munich) 

Sapna Jhangiani QC 
Attorney-General’s Chambers (Singapore; based in Singapore
Vladimir Khvalei 
Mansors (Russia; based in Moscow) 

Evelyne Patience Memphil 
Memphil Avocats (Cameroon, France; based in Yaoundé and Paris) 
Caline Mouawad  
Chaffetz Lindsey (Lebanon, United States; based in New York) 

Aisha Nadar  
Advokatfirman Runeland (Egypt, United States; based in Stockholm) 
Karim J. Nassif  
Nassif Arbitration (Lebanon; based in Dubai) 

Helen Tang  
Herbert Smith Freehills (China; based in Shanghai) 

Debora Visconte 
Visconte Advogados (Brazil; based in São Paulo)   
Sharif Ali Zu’bi 
Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants (Jordan; based in Amman) 
Ex-officio MembersClaudia Salomon, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration 
Alexander Fessas,  Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration  
Victoria Orlowski, President, Standing Committee of the ICC International Centre for ADR    
Eduardo Silva Romero,  Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law   
Dr Hélène van Lith, Secretary to the Commission

Task Force Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration 

This Task Force aims to explore existing approaches to allegations or signs of corruption in disputes and articulate guidance for arbitral tribunals on how to deal with such occurrences. The Task Force benefits from close collaboration with the ICC Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Commission and  the International Bar Association (IBA).  


Working Group on Expedited Procedure Provisions and Update of Commission Reports

This Working Group aims to study current Expedited Procedure Provisions practice and update existing Reports and Guides issued by the Commission following newly introduced provisions in the ICC arbitration rules and the latest developments in international dispute resolution.


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