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Introduction to Practice Guidelines

The CIArb Practice and Standards Committee (PSC) is charged with the development and promotion of best practices through research and guidance.

It undertakes various projects and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the drafting and dissemination of practice guidelines, with a view towards furthering the Institute’s objectives to promote and facilitate dispute resolution mechanisms around the world. 

To fulfil its work the PSC is currently aided by four sub-committees:

  • the Adjudication Sub-committee
  • Arbitration Sub-committee
  • Mediation Sub-committee
  • Technology Sub-committee.

These Subcommittees are established,
inter alia, to monitor developments and trends in each of these areas and review the suitability of topics for further study by the PSC, conduct consultations as well as assist with the development and revision of guidelines.

 The international membership of the committees guarantees that the PSC takes into account different legal backgrounds and culture when preparing its guidelines. Each committee is composed of experienced practitioners, distinguished academics and well-known professionals whose in-depth knowledge and expertise is central for the formulation of best practices.

 The information contained in the guidelines does not replace or supplement the applicable laws, rules and parties’ agreements. The guidelines are not prescriptive and they do not provide any legal advice. They have been drafted as general recommendations giving practical guidance on a variety of topics that commonly arise. Each guideline is intended to be a flexible tool that may be tailored to the specific circumstances of a particular case.

The PSC intends that the guidelines will be of assistance to students, academics and dispute resolution practitioners. In order to fulfil this goal, the Committee recognises that the guidelines should not be set in stone but instead need to be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the constantly evolving practice.

To this end, practitioners, users and any interested parties who wish to make suggestions for improvements to the guidelines are invited to send them by email to the PSC’s dedicated email address:

(21 February 2017)