When drafting a contract, the parties can refer to the dispute resolution rules of UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law). If this is the case, the parties usually need to agree on a so-called “appointing authority” to administer any disputes.
The SCC Rules “Procedures for the Administration of Cases under the UNCITRAL Rules” entered into force on 1 January 2015. The parties may choose to adopt these rules, either before or after a dispute has arisen.
The role of the SCC includes:
a. appointing arbitrators.
b. taking decisions on challenges to arbitrators.
c. deciding on and administering the costs of the arbitration.
For arbitration agreements concluded after the launch of the new rules, if the SCC has been designated as the administering body, the SCC will also appoint arbitrators, unless the parties have agreed otherwise.
READ MORE: SCC Procedures for the Administration of Cases under the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (Schedule of Costs applicable to cases commenced before 1 January 2020)