SCC Platform made available to ad hoc arbitrations globally
In a joint initiative to support the online administration of proceedings, the SCC and Thomson Reuters offer the SCC Platform to ad hoc arbitrations globally, starting in May. Use of the Ad Hoc Platform will be free of charge for arbitrations commenced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Together with Thomson Reuters, the SCC is making a version of SCC Platform available to all ad hoc arbitrations globally – the Ad Hoc Platform. The Ad Hoc Platform is a secure digital platform for communications and file sharing between the parties and the tribunal.
SCC’s head of business development Lise Alm explains the initiative:
– During this difficult time, we are facing new challenges in all areas of life. The arbitration industry is no exception and the community has adapted to this new reality in numerous innovative ways to ensure that the wheels keep spinning while keeping arbitrators, parties and staff members safe. At the SCC, we aim to maintain efficiency in our proceedings at all times and continuously strive to find new ways to assist arbitrators, practitioners and parties to achieve this goal. The Ad Hoc Platform allows us to reach beyond SCC arbitrations and assist other parties and members of the arbitration community who currently find themselves in challenging circumstances.”
Deputy secretary general Kristin Campbell Wilson continues:
– The SCC Platform has been very well received by arbitrators, counsel and parties in SCC arbitrations since its launch in September 2019. We hope that the Ad Hoc Platform will play an equally important role in facilitating the proceedings also in ad hoc arbitrations globally. Using the Ad Hoc Platform can simplify the management of ad hoc arbitrations significantly in a time when more of the proceedings needs to be coordinated and carried out online, and it provides a cybersecure environment in which to do so.”
Thomson Reuters has been instrumental in making this possible.
– When the SCC came to us with the idea of providing a pro bono ad hoc arbitration service during the COVID-19 crisis we immediately wanted to assist in making this happen. We are very happy and proud to be supporting the SCC with our HighQ technology and to provide the platform for ad hoc arbitration cases” says Sebastiaan Bos, Director of Solutions EMEA at Thomson Reuters.
To use this new service, arbitrators in ad hoc cases are invited to reach out to the SCC via firstname.lastname@example.org. Use and storage of data on the Ad Hoc Platform will be free of charge during the COVID-19 outbreak. This means that any fees from start to finish of the arbitration in relation to the use of the Ad Hoc Platform will be waived in any ad hoc arbitration registered by December 31, 2020. This date may be prolonged depending on the development of the outbreak. For more information, see Ad Hoc Platform.
Tribunals and parties are invited to reach out to the SCC with any questions, or ideas on further assistance.
Stay safe everyone.