Pursuant to a cooperation agreement between the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), key ICCA publications are prepared at the PCA. Under the supervision of renowned international arbitration practitioners acting as the General Editors, the staff gathers and edits relevant information for these publications.
ICCA is composed of more than forty officers and members who are recognized specialists in the field of international commercial arbitration. Several ICCA members have also been appointed by their governments as Members of the PCA. This link is further strengthened by these members’ contributions to the ICCA Handbook as authors of National Reports.
ICCA publications comprise: the Yearbook Commercial Arbitration (General Editor: Albert Jan van den Berg); the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration (General Editor: Jan Paulsson) and the ICCA Congress Series (General Editor: Albert Jan van den Berg). The Yearbook Commercial Arbitration provides a comprehensive annual overview of international commercial arbitration. In 2011, the first edition of ICCA's Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention was added to this list.
The International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, published both in hard copy in loose-leaf form and in electronic form in the Kluwerarbitration database, contains detailed National Reports by local arbitration experts in over seventy jurisdictions, describing common practice and new trends in arbitration in their respective countries. Texts of relevant legislation are annexed to the National Reports.
In 2013, Volume XXXVIII of the Yearbook Commercial Arbitration was published. An indispensable feature of the Yearbook is the reporting on the 1958 New York Convention which in this volume contains 65 court decisions from 21 countries throughout the world, including, for the first time, cases from Croatia, Czech Republic, Jamaica and Lithuania. The selection this year includes an overview of Czech jurisprudence on the New York Convention, with six reported cases covering the last twelve years, four Ukrainian decisions and three decisions from the courts of PR China and Israel. All these cases are indexed by subject matter and linked to the General Editor’s earlier-published Commentaries on the New York Convention, facilitating research on any aspect of the Convention. The Yearbook also contains leading cases on topical issues from a variety of jurisdictions. All foreign-language decisions are translated into English, giving the reader access to material which might otherwise be inaccessible.
Arbitral awards rendered under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Paris Arbitration Chamber and the Commercial Arbitration Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States deal with procedural and substantive issues of general interest to the business and legal communities. Also reported, with reference to their online publication, are new and amended rules from arbitral institutions in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Liechtenstein, Qatar, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Yearbook XXXVII also contains information on recent developments in arbitration law and practice in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, São Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. A Bibliography and List of Journals keep the reader up-to-date on relevant literature.
The ICCA Congress Series consists of reports and commentary presented at ICCA’s Congresses and Conferences which take place regularly at important venues throughout the world. The most recent edition of the ICCA Congress Series, Volume 17, International Commercial Arbitration: The Coming of a New Age? , was published in 2013.
ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention was published in May 2011. The Guide is a clear, concise yet inclusive handbook, written in plain language, on the essential aspects of the scope, interpretation and application of the Convention. Though principally aimed at judges determining applications under the Convention, the Guide, which benefits from the extensive practical and academic experience of its authors (prominent arbitrators and ICCA members) will also be of interest to students, teachers and practitioners as an introduction to the Convention.