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JAMS Announces Updated International Arbitration Rules

JAMS Announces Updated International Arbitration Rules

The updated Rules support international dispute resolution and the use of remote hearings, and expand tribunal authority

General Announcements

Irvine, Calif.JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce that it has revised and updated its International Arbitration Rules & Procedures (Rules), effective June 1. The Rules were updated to reflect the latest developments and trends in international arbitration.

The revised Rules update and clarify certain procedures regarding international arbitrations, including filing, commencement and service of documents. These changes were adopted to align the procedures with those used in domestic arbitrations at JAMS. To support access to case documents throughout the proceedings, Article 2 allows electronic filing and service through JAMS Access, a centralized, secure online case management platform.

Additional rules expand the authority of a tribunal to change the location of a hearing for the health and safety of a participant and to proceed with remote hearings, which may be conducted via conference call or videoconference. The revised Rules further clarify the parameters of dispositive motions and early determinations, and expand a tribunal’s ability to take interim measures to preserve evidence or property deemed relevant to the outcome of the proceeding.

Following the appointment of a tribunal, the revised Rules also include guidance around parties’ selection of a mediator-in-reserve, who will be placed in reserve during the pendency of an arbitration. The Rules outline the mediator-in-reserve’s role in the proceedings (including unanimous party agreement to enlist their assistance) and concealing of the identity of the mediator-in-reserve to involved arbitrators throughout the proceeding.

A summary of key changes to the International Arbitration Rules can be viewed here.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized in-person, virtual and hybrid resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, the latest technology and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.

With a roster of over 400 neutrals and 29 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person, virtual or hybrid hearings.

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