The Legal Framework for Arbitration

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: No.

  • Legal Provisions: Switzerland approaches domestic and international arbitrations separately.

    • Chapter 12 (Articles 176 - 194) of the Swiss Federal Statute on Private International Law of 18 December 1987 (PIL Act). 

    • Domestic Arbitration: Swiss Law on Domestic Arbitration (Part 3 of the Swiss Civil Procedure Code). 

Arbitral Institutions

  • Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI)

  • Arbitration Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Geneva

  • Court of Arbitration at the Zurich Chamber of Commerce

  • WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Geneva Office

  • Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • International Air Transport Association

  • WTO Dispute Settlement Body

Multilateral Conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 1 June 1965); reservations: none.

  • European Convention: No.

  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 15 May 1968).

  • Energy Charter Treaty: Yes (ratification/accession: 28 May 1996).


Last updated February 2019