The Arbitrator Challenges Committee is one of the most relevant bodies of the Court. It is in charge of resolving the procedures concerning the challenge and replacement of arbitrators.
The Committee is formed by a majority of prestigious members of the legal profession, which are totally independent from the Court. The position is not remunerated.
Currently, the members of the Appointment Committee are the following:
• Urquiola de Palacio del Valle de Lersundi, President of the Madrid Court of Arbitration.
• Elena Gutiérrez García de Cortázar, international arbitrator.
• Nicolás Martín de Vidales, Avest Abogados.
• Nielson Sánchez Stewart, Sánchez-Stewart Abogados.
• María Vicien Milburn, international arbitrator.
The Committee is governed by the Statute of the Court, as well as its own internal regulations, approved by the Plenary.
The Committee is a collective body in charge in charge of resolving the procedures concerning the challenge and replacement of arbitrators, with the Secretariat´s support.
The Committee is formed by a minimum of four and a maximum of six ordinary members. The President of the Court is a permanent member. The remaining members (“External Members”) are prestigious legal professionals with no affiliation to the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.
The aforementioned External Members are appointed by the Plenary of the Court (“Plenary”) for two-year terms, and may be reelected for an additional one-year term. They will continue to be part of the Committee until the first session of the Plenary following the expiration of their term (be it the initial two-year term or the additional one-year term). Once their term has expired, former members cannot be reelected to be part of the Committee during at least one year. The position as member of the Committee is not remunerated.
The members of the Committee are not subject to any limitation to act as arbitrators in the cases administered by the Court.