Innovative changes for Belgium’s arbitration rules

By Jean-Michel Detry and Dodo Chochitaichvili

This year Belgium has already seen significant reforms in its arbitration rules. These innovative changes include the adoption of a new Arbitration Act and the adoption of new Arbitration and Mediation Rules by the Belgian Centre of Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI).

The Arbitration Act dated 24 June 2013 entered into force on 1 September 2013. The Act, which is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, reforms the section of the Belgian Judicial Code which deals with arbitration proceedings, without making a distinction between domestic and international arbitration.

By adopting a progressive Arbitration Act while keeping some Belgian idiosyncrasies, Belgium has indicated its intention to be a good modern forum for arbitration and an attractive place for users of international arbitration…

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