USCIB (also known as ICC USA) is the U.S. National Committee to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). USCIB’s Arbitration & ADR Committee serves as a contact point in the United States for the multi-faceted dispute resolution services of the ICC International Court of Arbitration® (“ICC Court” or “Court”).
Among other things, USCIB/ICC USA:
Nominates U.S. Members to the ICC Court
Since 1923, the ICC Court has handled over 22,000 international commercial cases from over 180 countries and territories. Demand for its services grows yearly in line with the expansion of international trade and globalization.The ICC Court is a unique feature of ICC Arbitration. It is not a “court” in the ordinary sense, but a body composed of approximately 125 lawyers and legal experts from around the world.
The Court’s members are drawn from more than 100 different countries and every continent. Given the legal and cultural diversity of its Court members, the ICC is the world’s most widely representative dispute resolution institution. As the ICC arbitration body, the Court’s function is to ensure the application of the ICC Rules. Almost from its inception, the Court has always has a U.S. member.
Today, U.S. representatives serving a three-year term are USCIB members Grant Hanessian and Maria Chedid. Also on the Court serving as Vice Presidents at the invitation of the ICC Court President, Alexis Mourre, are USCIB members Claudia Salomon and Mark Friedman.
Nominates U.S. Arbitrators, Mediators and Experts to Serve in ICC cases
When it comes to the appointment of arbitrators, the ICC – unlike other arbitral institutions – enjoys the support of National Committees in approximately 90 different countries. When required to appoint arbitrators, mediators or experts, the ICC Court very rarely makes direct appointments, it instead requests the appropriate National Committee or Group (determined in light of venue, the governing law and other factors) to propose these experts for ICC appointment, thereby tapping into a large international pool of experienced people.
As the ICC’s U.S. national committee, when the ICC Court or the ICC ADR Centre asks us to do so, we propose U.S. nationals with the required qualifications for each case. This process is administered by the our Nominations Committee.
Nominates U.S. Members of the ICC Arbitration & ADR Commission and its Task Forces
The ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR (the “Commission”) is a forum for international experts to pool ideas, exchange views and create policies related to international dispute resolution. The Commission issues reports, articles, creates rules (e.g., on ADR, expertise and dispute boards) and participates in all modifications to those rules.
Maintains a Database of U.S. Arbitrators, Mediators and Experts
To help increase the chances of being considered for nomination on ICC cases, please create a (free) profile on USCIB’s Arbitrator/Mediator/Expert Database, which can be found here. This database is applicable for all U.S. citizens, wherever located, interested in being considered for ICC matters, and for any non-U.S. citizen professionals residing in the United States.
Organizes Conferences, Seminars and Corporate Roundtables
Working with ICC Conferences or SICANA, USCIB’s Arbitration Committee leaders assist in organizing conferences, seminars and corporate roundtables to educate the public about ICC’s different dispute resolution services. The committee conducts regional briefings on the ICC arbitration system, and members sponsor conferences for practitioners on current issues in international arbitration and ADR. The committee also co-sponsors seminars with international dispute resolution institutions, bar associations, law schools and corporate counsel organizations. It also co-hosts with ICC’s U.S. based conferences on ICC dispute resolution, including the ICC’s New York, Houston and Miami conferences. Check here for a list of our upcoming organized or sponsored events.
Acts as a Referral Source for Parties and Arbitrators
USCIB serves as a resource for parties and arbitrators involved in or considering ICC arbitration. When asked to do so, we can provide lists of arbitrators or counsel with experience in ICC arbitration.
Answers Questions about ICC’s Dispute Resolution Services
Today, USCIB is one of three resources provided by the ICC in North America. Questions about the ICC’s dispute resolution services including arbitration, mediation, dispute boards or expertise proceedings can be answered by SICANA (the ICC Court’s North American division) or by us by contacting Nancy M. Thevenin, USCIB’s General Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 212-703-5047.