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Guide to Regional Arbitration (volume 7 - 2019)

2018’s Hearing Centre News

02 January 2019

Asia

Maxwell Chambers welcomes the ICC and gets “smart”

The ICC International Court of Arbitration opened a new office in Maxwell Chamber’s Singapore office in 2018 after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Ministry of Law.

Meanwhile, Maxwell Chambers has moved ahead with plans to become the world’s first “smart hearing facility” featuring smart booking, secretariat and concierge services, and a robot named Max to deliver food and files.

The “Smart Maxwell” initiative was launched by Singapore’s Ministry of Law and Maxwell Chambers and has also been supported by Enterprise Singapore.

The Ministry of Law and Maxwell Chambers say greater use of the smart technology, which can be accessed via a mobile app, will help to simplify case administration and logistical arrangements for disputing parties, and result in time and cost savings.

Korean centre moves offices

The Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center has moved its offices to Samsung’s Trade Tower in the South Korean capital.

The new offices are located on the 17th, 18th and 43rd floors of the tower boasting almost two square kilometres of space, over four times larger than the centre’s old facility in the Jong-ro Seoul Global Center, 1.5 times larger than the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s hearing facilities and around 3.8 times the size of the New York International Arbitration Center’s.

Europe

New centre opens in The Hague

The Hague Hearing Centre opened its doors in 2018, offering a new venue for arbitration and mediation proceedings in the Dutch city.

The new centre has two zones, each featuring a hearing room and two breakout rooms, and is located next to The Hague Central Station.

The Dutch local division of the Unified Patent Court and the Netherlands Commercial Court are expected to use the centre as their accommodation, and it will also relieve strain on the heavily booked Peace Palace nearby.

Madrid’s new historic hearing centre

The Madrid Court of Arbitration has opened three “spectacular” hearing rooms in its headquarters, the Santoña Palace in Madrid.

Santoña Palace is a typical Madrid townhouse built in 1730 with a façade designed by Baroque architect Pedro de Ribera and eclectic interiors created by the dukes of Santoña, and previously played host to the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the tribunal, administrative secretary, witnesses and support staff the centre’s three new rooms support 25, 16 and 14 counsel respectively. All the hearing rooms feature screens and video recording technology and there are also breakout rooms for parties and counsel available in the same building, which can play host to 80 people.

The new facilities will add to the institution’s existing two hearing rooms, which can hold up to 25 and 35 people.

Middle East

Centre set to open in Abu Dhabi

A new state-of-the-art arbitration hearing facility is set to open in Abu Dhabi’s Global Market financial free zone by the end of 2018.

The ADGM Arbitration Centre has been established in the Al Maqam Tower on Al Maryah Island, a commercial building with over 290,000 square metres of office space that also houses the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

The new centre is the result of an agreement between the ADGM and the ICC, which is opening a new office there.

South America

São Paulo hosts new ICC centre

Along with its Abu Dhabi opening, the ICC has also launched a new dispute resolution hearing centre in São Paulo, which it says “marks a milestone” in its Latin American expansion.

Built by its partner organisation, Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI), the ICC/CNI International Arbitration Hearing Centre will serve parties in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

The hearing centre is 634 square metres in area and the main arbitration room can hold up to 30 people. The arbitration room has features including infrastructure for simultaneous translation, 27-inch HD video monitors for every two participants (as well as a larger projector) and a technical support team.

There are also three modular rooms, each with a capacity of 12 people, an exclusive space for arbitrators and other rooms for coffee and lunch breaks.