This book is written by three former legal counsel of the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (the “ICC Court”), originating from respectively Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. The book is written in the French language, but constitutes essentially a translation of a German version written by same authors. The German version was published in 2000 and has been reviewed in the Stockholm Arbitration Report (2000:2, page 191-193) by Mr. Dahmen Ben Abderrahmane, Avocat au Barreau de Paris in the French language.
The greater part of the book (Chapter III, pages 27-209) consists of a detailed article by article commentary of the ICC Arbitration Rules in force as from 1 January 1998. The commentary contains comprehensive information on how the ICC Arbitration Rules are interpreted and applied in practice by the ICC Institutions and constitute as such a useful tool especially for those who arbitrate in French under the ICC Arbitration Rules, as arbitrators or counsel for one of the parties in dispute.
The commentary part of the book is preceded by an “Introduction” (Chapter I, page 1-16). The introduction contains a good and concise description of the fundamental characteristics of arbitration in general, including the differences between ad hoc and institutional arbitration. Focus here, and throughout the book, is on international arbitration. Emphasis is very relevantly put (page 6) on the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards as one of the most important elements in favour of the use of arbitration in international disputes.