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Copyright © International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). All rights reserved.
( Source of the document: ICC Digital Library )
The function of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (the "Court") is to ensure the application of the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, and it has all the necessary powers for that purpose.
As an autonomous body, it carries out these functions in complete independence from the ICC and its organs.
Its members are independent from the ICC National Committees.
The Court shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, and members and alternate members (collectively designated as members). In its work it is assisted by its Secretariat (Secretariat of the Court).
The Chairman is elected by the ICC World Council upon the recommendation of the Executive Board of the ICC.
The ICC World Council appoints the Vice-Chairmen of the Court from among the members of the Court or otherwise.
Its members are appointed by the ICC World Council on the proposal of National Committees, one member for each Committee.
On the proposal of the Chairman of the Court, the World Council may appoint alternate members.
The term of office of all members, including, for the purposes of this paragraph, the Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and alternate members, is three years. If a member is no longer in a position to exercise his functions, his successor is appointed by the World Council for the remainder of the term. Upon the recommendation of the Executive Board, the duration of the term of office of any member may be extended beyond three years if the World Council so decides.
The Plenary Sessions of the Court are presided over by the Chairman or, in his absence, by one of the Vice-Chairmen designated by him. The deliberations shall be valid when at least six members are present. Decisions are taken by a majority vote, the Chairman having a casting vote in the event of a tie.
The Court may set up one or more Committees and establish the functions and organization of such Committees.
The work of the Court is of a confidential nature which must be respected by everyone who participates in that work in whatever capacity. The Court lays down the rules regarding the persons who can attend the meetings of the Court and its Committees and who are entitled to have access to the materials submitted to the Court and its Secretariat.
Any proposal of the Court for a modification of the Rules is laid before the Commission on Arbitration before submission to the Executive Board and the World Council of the ICC for approval.