ICC Court of Arbitration Expands its Global Reach

Fresh data confirms that the International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of Arbitration is a truly global dispute resolution provider. In 2013, the court received 767 new requests involving parties from 138 countries, and 80 percent of the cases were cross-border dispute cases between parties of different nationalities.

Data also shows that the number of arbitrators and the places of arbitration increased. ICC’s arbitrators now represent 86 different nationalities (up from 76 in 2012), and arbitration proceedings were located in 63 different countries.

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The ICC’s court is equipped with extensive knowledge of local traditions, languages and legal cultures to effectively administer disputes. The court has nine case management teams, each focused on a different region of the world. The ninth team was established in the United States last year, operating under the corporate name of SICANA with offices in the same building as USCIB.

Led by Josefa Sicard-Mirabel, SICANA is ideally located to handle the court’s growing North American caseload. The number of disputants from the United States and Canada grew by 28 percent last year. American parties continue to be the most numerous of all nationalities represented in ICC arbitrations.

A more detailed statistical report will be published by ICC in August 2014.

Staff contact: Josefa Sicard-Mirabel

Staff Contact:   Nancy Thevenin

General Counsel
Tel: 212.703.5047

Nancy Thevenin supports the USCIB Arbitration Committee and coordinates the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee. She works closely with USCIB’s Business Development team in ensuring a more comprehensive policy, legal and arbitration membership outreach to both law firms and corporations. Thevenin previously served as deputy director of the ICC Court of Arbitration’s North American marketing office. During her tenure, the group helped launch the ICC International Mediation Competition and developed USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), with Thevenin drafting the proposal for the ICC to make YAF a global organization. Nancy then joined Baker & McKenzie as a special counsel in and global coordinator of their International Arbitration Practice Group. She left Baker in 2014 to start her own practice as arbitrator and mediator and continues to teach the spring semester international commercial arbitration course at St. John’s Law School.
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