A. LEGISLATION, TRENDS AND TENDENCIES 2013 showed increasing demand for the emergency procedures introduced into the Swiss arbitration rules in 2012, which appear to be largely effective. No award has become known, though, in which an arbitrator decided ex parte without first hearing the opponent – which he or she could in principle do under the Swiss rules. Under the auspices of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), a new online platform (www.swissarbitration-hub.com) has been created that offers a convenient one-stop service for the organisation of arbitration hearings in Switzerland. The website allows users, e.g., arbitrators, counsel and parties, to easily view available facilities for conducting arbitration hearings at selected locations in different parts of Switzerland. The website can be navigated by location, starting with a region or a city and choosing hearing rooms and additional services, such as court reporters, interpreters or logistical offerings like transportation or audio-visual services. Hearing locations are currently available in Zurich, Geneva, Berne, Basle, Lausanne and Neuchâtel. Lugano will soon be added.