Appointment Committee for Arbitrators
The Appointment Committee for Arbitrators is one of the most important organs of the Court. Its function is to appoint arbitrators if the parties cannot agree and to confirm the arbitrators proposed by the parties and the co-arbitrators.
The Committee is composed of a majority of prestigious professionals from the legal world, totally independent of the Court of Arbitration of Madrid. The position is non-remunerated and members cannot be appointed by the Commission to act as arbitrators.
Urquiola de Palacio del Valle de Lersundi
Carmen Nuñez Lagos
Abogado. Arbitraje internacional. Decano Emérito del Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Barcelona.
Sixto Sánchez Lorenzo
University of Granada
(Partnership with ARES)
The Committee is regulated by the Statute of the Court of Arbitration of Madrid, Articles 8 and 11, as well as by the Internal Operating Rules approved by the Plenary of the Court of Arbitration of Madrid. Its guidelines and recommendations for the appointment of arbitrators are explained in the following Note.
The Committee is configured as a collegiate body and is responsible for the appointment and confirmation of arbitrators, with the support of the Secretary General and the Secretariat.
The Ordinary Committee shall be composed of a minimum of four and a maximum of six ordinary members.
The Ordinary Committee shall be composed of a minimum of four and a maximum of six ordinary members. The Ordinary Committee shall be composed of a minimum of four and a maximum of six ordinary members. The President of the Court (“President”) shall be a permanent member of the regular Committee. The President of the Court (“President”) shall be a permanent member of the Committee. In addition to the ordinary members, two non-permanent members of an international nature may be appointed, who shall participate exclusively in the process of appointing arbitrators in international arbitrations when the President, due to the complexity, amount or specific circumstances of the arbitration, deems it appropriate (Extraordinary Committee).
External Members (including international members) shall be elected for two-year terms.
The Committee shall not appoint any of its members as arbitrators in arbitration proceedings administered by the Court or when acting as appointing authority. The members of the Committee may be appointed as arbitrators by the parties, either as arbitrators appointed at the request of the parties or as presiding arbitrators.
The Committee meets once a month on a fixed basis, and may be convened at any time if necessary.