The Practice of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce - an Inside View - (SAR) 2001 - 2
Annette Magnusson, Assistant Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm
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While the Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC Rules) have been regularly modernised over the years, and as a result have become more extensive, they do not, as in fact very few institutional rules do, contain much information concerning the specifics of the day-to-day management of cases. The following is therefore intended to shed some light on how the rules are put into practice by the board and by the secretariat of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC Institute).
As any practitioner knows, the number of variations in case management are as many as there are cases. The below should therefore not be seen as a blue-print on how all cases under the SCC Rules are or should be administered, but rather an example of what it might look like if we would assemble all cases and from this try to formulate a general picture.
I. INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK AND TOOLS
The SCC Institute is an independent entity within the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. As indicated above, it has its own board and the decisions of the board of the Institute are not subject to review by the Chamber. The board of the SCC Institute has six members who are appointed for a period of three years by the board of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The board of the SCC Institute is presently chaired by Justice Leif Thorsson of Sweden’s Supreme Court.
The day-to-day work of the Institute is carried out by the secretariat, under the supervision of its secretary general, MrUlf Franke. Mr Franke has a solid experience in the field of international commercial arbitration, having headed the SCC secretariat for more than 25 years. He is also holding the positions as secretary general of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and president of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).
The immediate responsibility for performing the functions of the secretariat under the SCC Rules in each case falls on the three “divisions” of the secretariat. Each division consists of one counsel, being a lawyer, and one assistant.