Record number of requests for SCC emergency arbitrator

Looking at the first six months of 2016, the SCC has seen a record number of applications for the appointment of an Emergency Arbitrator. A total of 9 applications has been filed, of which two were based on investment treaty protection agreements.

If a decision on interim measures is needed to provisionally ensure a party's claim, before the commencement of an arbitration, the party may apply to the SCC for the appointment of an Emergency Arbitrator in accordance with the SCC Rules. Between 2014 and 2015, the SCC received a total of five applications for an Emergency Arbitrator.

For all applications filed between 1 January – 30 June 2016, the appointment of an emergency arbitrator was made within 24 hours from when the request was filed. The time between referral and the decision varied between 5 and 8 days.

Overview - Emergency Arbitrator at the SCC