|Any party wishing to have recourse to arbitration under the Rules must address its request for arbitration to the Secretariat, which notifies the parties of the receipt of the request and the date thereof. The respondent has 30 days to respond, however, the Secretariat may grant an extension.
When the parties agree to have recourse to arbitration according to the Rules, they submit to that in force on the date of initiation of the arbitration procedure, unless they have agreed to submit to the Rules in force on the date of their arbitration agreement.
The arbitrator must sign a declaration of independence before being appointed or confirmed. The Court rules without recourse on the appointment, confirmation, challenge or replacement of an arbitrator.
Disputes are settled by a single arbitrator or by three arbitrators. If the parties have not fixed the number of such arbitrators by mutual agreement, the Court shall appoint a sole arbitrator unless the dispute appears to it to justify the appointment of three arbitrators.
The arbitral procedure is governed by the ICC Rules and, in their silence, by the rules that the parties or, failing that the arbitral tribunal, determine, with or without reference to a national procedural law applicable to arbitration.
The parties are free to choose the rules of law that the arbitral tribunal must apply to the substance of the dispute. In the absence of a choice by the parties, the arbitrator applies the rules of law that he considers appropriate.
Article 18 determines the content of the act of mission. The court specifies its mission and the deed is signed by the parties. When it is established, the court sets the timetable for the proceedings.
The arbitral tribunal may request the parties to produce additional evidence at any time during the proceedings. He may also, at the request of one of the parties, order any conservatory or provisional measure that he considers appropriate. The tribunal renders its award within six months, but it may ask the Court to extend this period.