August 17, 2020
Associate Mikaël Schinazi (Paris-International Arbitration) authored an article titled “The Three Ages of International Commercial Arbitration and the Development of the ICC Arbitration System” in the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin (issue 2, 2020, pp. 63-75).
This article explains how the modern history of international commercial arbitration could usefully be divided into three broad phases or periods: the Age of Aspirations (from approximately the 1780s to the 1920s), the Age of Institutionalization (from the 1920s to the 1950s), and the Age of Autonomy (from the 1950s to the present). It shows how each of these ages was marked by an ongoing tension between the state and the transnational community of merchants and arbitration experts seeking to expand the reach of international commercial arbitration. The article further analyses how the International Chamber of Commerce developed its arbitration system, codifying and developing rules and practices in relation to the conduct of arbitration proceedings, thereby making a key contribution to the history of international commercial arbitration.