The International Court of Arbitration® is the world’s leading arbitral institution. Since 1923, it has been helping to resolve difficulties in international commercial and business disputes to support trade and investment.

The Court performs an essential role by providing individuals, businesses and governments alike with a variety of customisable services for every stage of their dispute.

Although it is called a court in name, it does not make formal judgments on disputed matters. Instead, it exercises judicial supervision of arbitration proceedings. Its responsibilities include:


  • confirming, appointing and replacing arbitrators, as well as deciding on any challenges made against them
  • monitoring the arbitral process to make certain that it is performed properly and with the required speed and efficiency necessary
  • scrutinising and approving all arbitral awards to reinforce quality and enforceability
  • setting, managing and — if necessary — adjusting fees and advances
  • overseeing emergency proceedings before the start of the arbitration

The Court’s purpose is to ensure proper application of the ICC Rules, as well as to assist parties and arbitrators in overcoming procedural obstacles. These efforts are supported by the Court’s Secretariat, which is made up of more than 80 lawyers and support personnel.

English and French are the Court’s official working languages. However, it can administer cases in any language and communicate in all major languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


  • President: Claudia Salomon
  • Secretary General: Alexander G. Fessas
  • Swiss Delegates: Diana Akikol and Laurent Killias