The Legal Framework for Arbitration

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: Yes (with amendments as adopted in 2006)

  • Legal Provisions: Part VI (Sections 1676-1722) of the Belgian Code of Civil Procedure. 

Arbitral Institutions

  • Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration (CEPANI)

  • Arab-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

  • The Institute of Arbitration

Multilateral Conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 18 August 1975); reservations: In accordance with article I, paragraph 3, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium declares that it will apply the Convention to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards made only in the territory of a Contracting State.

  • European Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 9 October 1975).

  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 27 August 1970; entry into force: 26 September 1970).

  • Energy Charter Treaty: Yes (ratification/accession: 16 April 1998; entry into force: 6 August 1998).


Last updated February 2019