Syrian Arab Republic - Chapter 15 - The Practitioner's Guide to Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa
Fadi Kardous, Kardous Law Office
A. Arbitration Laws
1. Please identify by title and date the principal laws and regulations governing (i) domestic and (ii) international arbitration in your State.
The applicable law in the field of domestic and international arbitration in the Syrian Arab Republic is Law No. (4) of 2008.
2. Please provide an electronic link (i) to an English language translation of the laws and regulations identified in Question 1 above and (ii) to the Arabic text.
Currently, there is no electronic site that contains an official translation into English of the Arbitration Law in Syria. The Arabic text is available at the site of the Damascus Bar Association: www.damascusbar.org.
3. Are any of the laws and regulations identified in Question 1 above based on the UNCITRAL Model Arbitration Law, including UNCITRAL’s Revised Articles? If so, is this expressly stated in the relevant laws and regulations?
The Arbitration Law in Syria, which was passed early in 2008, is not clearly and expressly based on UNCITRAL Model Laws or revised versions thereof; however, several laws and rules were depended upon, including those of UNCITRAL and laws of other Arab countries.
4. Are any of the laws and regulations identified in Question 1 above derived from the laws of any other Middle Eastern State? If so, from which State are they derived?
The Arbitration Law in Syria is not clearly based on the law of another Middle Eastern State. However, it was drafted in the light of, and as an adaptation of certain Arab laws such as the Egyptian Arbitration Law.