IBA 'Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration' now available in multiple languages


IBA 'Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration' now available in multiple languages

Arbitration Committee’s 'Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration' are now available for free download on their webpage, with new languages now available. The guidelines can be downloaded in Chinese, English, Japanese, Spanish, Polish and Portugese.

In spring 2002, the committee formed a working group for the purpose of looking at issues relating to conflict of interests in international commercial arbitration. A first session was devoted to this project at the IBA conference in Durban where the first draft of a joint report was presented. Another special session was devoted to the second draft of the 'IBA Guidelines on Impartiality, Independence and Disclosure in International Commercial Arbitration' at the IBA Annual Conference 2003 in San Francisco. The final draft was approved and adopted by the IBA Council in May 2004 as the 'IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration'.

The guidelines represent the most comprehensive work to date defining the framework by which the impartiality of arbitration in the international arena can be most effectively assured. The publication sets out a series of seven general standards of independence and disclosure to govern the selection, appointment, and continuing role of an arbitrator. The guidelines were approved by the Council of the IBA on 22 May 2004 and are intended for immediate use around the world. Detailed background information to the guidelines was published in the September 2004 issue of Business Law International and is available for download on the committee webpage here, as is an article by Judith Gill entitled ‘The IBA Conflicts Guidelines – Who’s Using Them and How?’

  • Download the English translation of the guidelines here.
  • Download the Chinese translation of the guidelines here.
  • Download the Japanese translation of the guidelines here.
  • Download the Spanish translation of the guidelines here.
  • Download the Polish translation of the guidelines here.
  • Download the Portuguese translation of the guidelines here.