Established in 1923, the ICC International Court of Arbitration is one of the oldest and most respected institutions overseeing international arbitrations. The ICC Court provides disputing parties with a flexible and neutral process to resolve their dispute. It offers privacy, confidentiality and extraordinary freedom for parties to choose the framework for how and where they want to resolve the dispute.
The ICC Rules of Arbitration are well understood and their application has been the subject of widely-published legal treatises and commentaries, making the ICC Arbitration procedure accessible, certain and predictable. The ICC Secretariat administers ICC arbitrations. Comprised of experienced counsel in Paris, Hong Kong and New York, the ICC provides support for the constitution and functioning of all ICC arbitral tribunals. ICC arbitral awards receive scrutiny by the ICC Court, enhancing the quality and completeness of awards rendered by ICC arbitral tribunals.
ICC Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most influential business association. It is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government.
As ICC Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce operates as Canada’s National Committee of the ICC, with its Arbitration Committee providing the Canadian voice at the ICC International Arbitration Commission meetings in Paris and around the world.
The Canadian Arbitration Committee is lead by Chair Stephen Drymer, Partner and Head of International Arbitration at ADR at Woods LLP, and Vice-Chair, Tina Cicchetti, Partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, and includes some of the world’s leading practitioners in international arbitration. These arbitrators are familiar with a variety of legal systems, reside in over 10 different international locations and speak more than a dozen languages.
The Canadian Arbitration Committee works with governments to implement legislation and treaties, such as ICSID and the recent Canada-China FIPA, to benefit Canadian businesses and arbitration in Canada. It also raises the profile of Canadian arbitrators both within Canada and abroad, conducts educational conferences on international arbitration and encourages parties to choose Canadian cities as seats for international arbitration.
One of the most important functions of ICC Canada, as with all National Committees of the ICC, is responding to requests of the ICC Secretariat by proposing Canadians to serve as arbitrators on ICC cases.
Please see our list of Canadian arbitrators for further details as to their individual qualifications.
The Canadian Advantage in International Arbitration
Sound laws, supportive courts, experienced lawyers, leading arbitrators and a range of suitable venues