On 29-30 March 2012 (Vienna – Austria), the UNCITRAL and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) held their annual Conference under the title: “The UNCITRAL Digest of Case Law: enactments of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and their Application by State Courts”. CRCICA’s Director was invited to present both CRCICA’s experience with respect to the application of the UNCITRAL Model Rules as well as Egypt’s experience with respect to the application of the UNCITRAL Model Law. In this context, he participated in a panel featuring representatives of 17 jurisdictions all over the world under the title “The Experience of Jurisdictions with the Enactment of the UNICTRAL Model Law on Arbitration”. Also, he took part in a panel discussion on “Arbitration Rules as Institutional Rules” within the context of preparing the UNCITRAL Recommendations to assist arbitral institutions and other interested bodies with regard to arbitral proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
The draft text of such Recommendations has been prepared by the UNCITRAL’s Secretariat after consultation with arbitral institutions, which included circulation to arbitral institutions in various parts of the world of a questionnaire on the use of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, prepared in cooperation with the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI). CRCICA has actively contributed to such consultation process by providing several practical examples relating, in particular, to the means of explaining the modifications included in the institutional rules as compared to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the role of the arbitral institution as a communication channel between the parties and the arbitrators, the role of the institution as an appointing authority, the administrative and arbitrators’ fees schedules as well as the drafting of model arbitration clauses proposed by the institutions.