A total of 175 cases were registered by the SCC during 2019, an increase from 152 in 2018. Half of the disputes (88) were international, involving parties from 44 countries. Of the registered cases, 107 were filed under the SCC Arbitration Rules, and 52 under the SCC Rules for Expedited Arbitrations. The number of applications of emergency arbitrator increased to eight cases from four cases in 2018. Six investment arbitration cases were filed, same as in 2018. Statistics regarding the appointed arbitrators show continued increase in the number of women arbitrators appointed by the SCC from 29% in 2018 to 32 % in 2019.
In 2019, the SCC registered 175 new cases, of which half (88 cases) were international disputes and half involved only Swedish parties.
Of the 2019 caseload, 61% (107 cases) were arbitrations registered under the SCC Arbitration Rules, and 30% (52 cases) were registered under the SCC Rules for Expedited Arbitrations. The SCC also registered eight Emergency Arbitrator proceedings.
Parties from 44 different countries appeared in disputes before the SCC in 2019. Russia, Germany and USA were the most common party nationalities in SCC proceedings, outside Sweden.
The disputes brought to the SCC in 2019 stemmed from many different types of agreements. Most frequently, parties brought disputes arising out of delivery agreements, service agreements, business acquisitions and construction agreements.
Half of the awards rendered under the SCC Arbitration Rules in 2019, was rendered between six to twelve months from when the case was referred to the arbitrator or tribunal. Another 27% of the awards were rendered within 6 months from the date of referral.
More than 50% of the awards rendered under the SCC Rules for Expedited Arbitration in 2019 were rendered within three months from referral. Another 45% of the awards were rendered within three to six months.
The most frequent applicable law in SCC cases commenced in 2019 was Swedish law (64%, 112 cases), followed by CISG and English law.
The total amount in dispute for cases commenced in 2019 was more than EUR 1.6 billion.
The vast majority of the cases registered in 2019 used Swedish or English language.
In 78% of cases commenced in 2019, Stockholm was selected as the seat of arbitration. Gothenburg and Malmö was the second most frequently-chosen seats. Seats outside of Sweden remain relatively rare in SCC arbitrations.
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.
Eight emergency arbitrator proceedings were commenced at the SCC in 2019. In all cases, an emergency arbitrator was appointed within 24 hours, and decisions were rendered on average after 6,25 days.
Of the eight emergency arbitrator proceedings initiated in 2019, six resulted in interim relief being granted. One request was denied, and in the remaining case the application was withdrawn.
As of 2017, there is no default under the SCC Arbitration Rules in favour of a three-member tribunal.
In 49% (52 cases) of the 107 cases commenced under the Arbitration Rules in 2019, three arbitrators were appointed. In 39% of the cases, a sole arbitrator was appointed.
Most arbitrators appointed in SCC cases commenced in 2019 were of European nationalities. However, arbitrators from Asia, North America, Australasia and South America were also appointed.
In 2018, 27% of appointed arbitrators were women, up from 18% in 2017. Notably, 24% of the party-appointed arbitrators were women, compared to 8% in 2017 and 11% in 2016. Of the arbitrators appointed by co-arbitrators about half were women (5) and half men (4).
Among the nine challenges of arbitrator launched in 2019, seven challenges (78%) were dismissed, one was sustained. There were two requests for release in 2019.