About the Committee
The Arbitration Committee focuses on laws, practice and procedures relating to the arbitration of transnational disputes. Through its publications and conferences, the committee seeks to share information about international arbitration and promote its use and improve its effectiveness.
Subcommittees and Task Forces
The Committee has four Subcommittees: Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, Investment Treaty Arbitration, IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules, and IBA Arb40 (young arbitrators).
The Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards is currently developing a comparative law paper on 'public policy' as a defence to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. For such purpose, the Subcommittee has solicited and received reports from Arbitration Committee members reporting jurisdiction by jurisdiction on the treatment of public policy.
The Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration is currently preparing a report on issues in the world of investment arbitration, distinguishing the real controversies from the seeming ones, and commenting on each.
The purpose of the Subcommittee on IBA Arbitration Guidelines and Rules is to monitor the use or non-use of IBA arbitration soft law products. Toward that end, the Subcommittee has solicited and received volunteers from our Committee’s membership to report jurisdiction by jurisdiction on the reception of IBA soft law products. The objective is to produce a report that will be updated from time to time and may serve as the basis for future revision of such soft law products.
IBA Arb40 (young arbitrators) reflects the Arbitration Committee’s aim of engaging more actively with the younger members of the arbitration community. The subcommittee provides a platform for the younger members of the global arbitration community to meet, exchange ideas and learn from peers and more experienced practitioners.
The Committee has formed a task force called the Africa Arbitration Group whose purpose is to foster the participation in our Committee’s work and conferences of Sub- Saharan African arbitration practitioners.
The Committee also has, with the Asia Pacific Forum, formed a task force called the Asia Pacific Arbitration Group whose objectives are, inter alia, to foster the participation in our Committee’s work and conferences of Asia Pacific arbitration practitioners.
The committee publishes a newsletter which is issued twice a year. The newsletter is packed with articles from practitioners worldwide. The committee's publications include the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration and the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration (see Projects). Committee members also receive the IBA's Dispute Resolution International journal which is issued twice a year.