The Swiss Arbitration and ADR Committee held 1 July 2016 a meeting in Paris between the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitrators, under the chairmanship of Mr. Urs Weber-Stecher. At the meeting, besides the general issues of procedures and specific questions, it was mostly to strengthen the relations between the staff of the Secretariat of the Court and the Swiss arbitration community and to meet with some of the counsels personally. A dinner in the presence of Mr. Dominique Hascher, Supreme Advisor to the French Supreme Court was held the day before with the French Committee of ICC and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in France. The Study Tour in 2016 was a great success and will be organized again in 2017.
For nearly a century, the International Chamber of Commerce is the world's foremost institution in the resolution of commercial disputes. Its Court of Arbitration, established in 1923, has played a pioneering role in the development of international commercial arbitration and ADR.
ICC arbitration is now recognized worldwide as the most effective way to resolve disputes in international trade. Most often, the parties are of different nationalities and do not share the same language nor the same culture or the same legal traditions. ICC Arbitration also ensures privacy, freedom for parties to choose the arbitrators, the place of arbitration, the applicable rules of law and even the language of the proceedings. The Court monitors the processes and ensures the adherence of parties to decisions.
ICC Switzerland leads the secretariat of the Swiss Arbitration and ADR Committee, whose main task is to propose Swiss arbitrators in dispute settlement cases of the International Court of Arbitration of ICC. In 2015, 111 Swiss arbitrators have been appointed by the Court and Switzerland was chosen 66 both as arbitration instead.