Summary Procedures in International Arbitration

Summary procedures have become a common feature of many arbitral rules. Their aim is to make arbitral proceedings faster and more efficient, potentially saving both time and costs by addressing clearly unmeritorious claims and defences at an early stage of the arbitral proceedings. We have previously posted articles dealing with summary procedures under the ICC Rules (see the article by Latham & Watkins here) and the 2018 decision in Midnight Marine Ltd v Thomas Miller Speciality Underwriting Agency Ltd [2018] EWHC 3431 (Comm) (see here).

In “Summary Dispositions in International Arbitration – A Procedural Tool with Both Benefits and Risks”, Sidley’s provide a useful summary of the procedures under various rules – HKIAC, LCIA, ICSID, ICC, SIAC, SCC, CEITAC – and outline the challenges and risks in making such applications, as well as providing some useful guidance when considering such applications.

See also the following articles in relation to summary procedures:

About Phillip Rompotis

Phillip practices as a barrister and arbitrator in Hong Kong. He has over 25 years’ litigation and arbitration experience in commercial disputes relating to construction & engineering, financial services, joint venture & shareholders agreements, technology, trusts, property and landlord & tenant. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of various lists/panels of arbitrators.


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