The Plenary of the Court

The Plenary is the body entrusted with the supervision and control of the Court. It is in charge, among others, of the following tasks: approving the Court’s strategic lines of action, reviewing the Court’s activities on a yearly basis, appointing the members of the Arbitrator Appointment Committee and the Arbitrator Challenges Committee, and approving the institution’s Internal Rules.

The Plenary meets at least twice per year, during the first and fourth quarters.

The Plenary is formed by representatives of the business community and prestigious professionals of the arbitral world. This mix combines business vision and the dominant trends in professional arbitration.


Currently, the members of the Plenary are the following:

  • Urquiola de Palacio del Valle de Lersundi, President of the Madrid Court of Arbitration.


  • Ángel Asensio, President of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.


  • Alfonso Calderón, Managing Director of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.


  • Miguel Garrido de la Cierva, Secretary General of the Business Association of Madrid CEOE (CEIM).





  • Dámaso Riaño, Secretary General of the Madrid Court of Arbitration.


The Plenary also has a Restricted Committee, chaired by the President of the Court and formed by the members of the Plenary who are appointed among representatives of the legal community, considering their prestige, knowledge and expertise in commercial arbitration. Currently, those members of the Plenary are Antonio Fernández de Buján, Maria José Menéndez y Félix J. Montero. The Restricted Committee is entrusted with the tasks determined by the Plenary, According to the Rules for the allocation of tasks to the different bodies of the Court, it must be consulted by the Secretary General before making a number of particularly relevant technical decisions.