Arbitration in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands has a long history related to the use of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution at both national and international levels and there are many reasons why it is attractive as a seat of arbitration for foreign parties.

The Dutch legislature and judiciary are very supportive of arbitration and in general the Dutch courts only interfere with arbitration proceedings in order to support them.

The Dutch legal framework for arbitration is straightforward and user friendly, and is currently being developed in order to reflect and implement all modern features of international arbitration. The Dutch law, especially with the upcoming amendments provides useful complementary legal mechanism in order to ensure that arbitrations in the Netherlands result in fast and enforceable awards.

As the host of many international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Criminal Court, as well as many specialized arbitration institutes, the Netherlands possesses highly qualified personnel to administer and conduct arbitral proceedings and a great infrastructure to host them.

Last but not least, arbitration in the Netherlands is a much more value for money alternative to having the seat or the hearing in Paris or London.

Arbitral centres and institutes in the Netherlands

Arbitral Tribunal for the Graphic Industry Foundation

Counsil of Arbitration for the Metal Industry and Metal Trade Foundation

Counsil for Arbitration in the Construction Industry

Dispute Resolution Foundation for Automation

International Chamber of Commerce

Netherlands Arbitration Institute

Permanent Court of Arbitration

P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation


Databases and information sources about arbitration

Kluwer Arbitration