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Status: This version of this Act contains provisions that are prospective. Changes to legislation: Arbitration Act is up to date with all. An Act to amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Be it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows: 1 (1) This Act. Act Year: Short Title: The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Long Title: An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to domestic arbitration.

Challenge procedure. Failure or impossibility to act. Termination of mandate and substitution of arbitrator. Competence of arbitral tribunal to rule on its jurisdiction. Interim measures ordered by arbitral tribunal. Equal treatment of parties. Determination of rules of procedure. Place of arbitration. Commencement of arbitral proceedings. Statements of claim and defence.

Hearings and written proceedings. Default of a party. Expert appointed by arbitral tribunal. Court assistance in taking evidence. Rules applicable to substance of dispute. Decision making by panel of arbitrators. Section 29A. Time limit for arbitral award. Section 29B. Fast track procedure.

Form and contents of arbitral award. Section 31A. Regime for costs. Termination of proceedings. Correction and interpretation of award; additional award. Application for setting aside arbitral awards. Finality of arbitral awards. Appealable orders. Lien on arbitral award and deposits as to costs. Arbitration agreement not to be discharged by death of party thereto.

Provisions in case of insolvency. Power of judicial authority to refer parties to arbitration. When foreign award binding. Conditions for enforcement of foreign awards.

Enforcement of foreign awards. Chapter II not to apply. Foreign awards when binding.

Application and scope. Commencement of conciliation proceedings. Number of conciliators. Appointment of conciliators.

Submission of statements to conciliator. Conciliator not bound by certain enactments. Role of conciliator.

Communication between conciliator and parties. The ICC undertook the preparation of a draft revision of the Convention and submitted it to the United Nations as the successor organization to the League of Nations, which had prepared both the Protocol and the Convention. It was found to be advantageous to combine the provisions of the Protocol and the Convention into a single convention.

Apart from combining the two previous instruments into a single text, the principal change as a result of convention was that the award itself, in the form required by the Convention, accompanied by the arbitration agreement must be considered as prima facie worthy of credit. The court or other authority must enforce it unless the party resisting enforcement proves that there exists one of the limited number of exceptions in Article V of the Convention.

The exceptions to enforcement in Article V 1 are limited to violations of the rules of a procedural nature governing the arbitration and are designed to protect the parties and the integrity of the arbitral process.

The enforcing court is thereby restricted from considering whether the award is correct on the merits. Article V 2 is designed to protect the integrity of the law of the enforcing country. It could easily have been seen as an invitation to a court to find that the enforcement of an award against a party from the State where enforcement is sought would be in some way against the public policy of the State.

Following the diplomatic conference, interest in arbitration continued to develop. Ratification of the New York Convention progressed at a steady pace, averaging two to three ratifications per year, and that pace has not changed radically over the years since its adoption. To date countries have ratified the Convention. It signalled a change in the attitude towards arbitration of international commercial disputes.

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The nation-State would be in charge of the rules, but those rules should recognize the special requirements of an arbitration which involves international economic matters and in which one or both parties may be foreign. They have been widely used in Continental Europe for ad hoc arbitrations, but they were considered to be unsuitable for arbitrations between common law and civil law countries. Although prepared for use in ad hoc arbitrations, they were increasingly used as well by arbitral organizations as their institutional rules with suitable changes.

The distinguishing feature about the Model Law is the extent to which it not only gives support to the arbitral process, but the extent to which it permits the parties to conduct the arbitration as they wish. The arbitration may be institutional or it may be ad hoc. However, the first country to adopt the Model Law was Canada.

It is important to note that the Model Law was drafted to govern only international commercial arbitration with the expectation that a State that enacted it might have a separate law governing domestic arbitrations. Even if a State wished to limit the freedom of the parties, arbitral institutions and arbitral tribunals in respect of domestic arbitrations, adoption of the Model Law would permit the State to offer a law of arbitration that met the prevailing consensus on the procedures that should govern international commercial arbitration.

In ancient times, people often voluntarily submitted their disputes to a group of wise men of a community—called the sabhas and samitis, who were identical to panchayats —for a binding resolution. In Panchayats, Panchas where chosen by virtue of their personal qualities of being fairminded, impartial and knowledgeable. The panchayats were held in great veneration. They proceeded in an informal way, untrammelled by technicalities of procedure and laws of evidence.

Also, arbitration was governed by social sanctions. But, the simple and informal system of arbitration through the Panchayats, though useful, was ineffective to deal with the complexities arising out of advancement in social and economic spheres.

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Modern arbitration law in India was created by the Bengal Regulations in , during the British rule. The Bengal Regulations provided for reference by a court to arbitration, with the consent of the parties, in lawsuits for accounts, partnership deeds, and breach of contract, amongst others.

They introduced substantial changes in the Panchayat system in the Presidency towns. Sections to of the Act dealt with arbitration between parties to a suit while Sections and dealt with arbitration without the intervention of the Court.

Section of that Act enabled the parties to a suit to apply to the court, if they so desired, that an order be passed that the matters in dispute be referred to arbitration.

The procedure for arbitration, making and filing of awards was also laid down in subsequent section. The provision for filing and enforcement of awards on such arbitrations was made in Act No. Until , the law governing arbitration in India consisted mainly of three statutes: i the Arbitration Protocol and Convention Act, ii the Indian Arbitration Act, and iii the Foreign Awards Recognition and Enforcement Act.

The Act was the general law governing arbitration in India which was similar to English Arbitration Act of , and both the and the Acts were designed to enforce foreign arbitral awards the Act implemented the New York Convention of Its primary purpose was to encourage arbitration as a costeffective and quick mechanism for the settlement of commercial disputes.

The Act covers both domestic arbitration and international commercial arbitration. Mehul Construction Co.

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The increasing growth of global trade and the delay in disposal of cases in Courts under the normal system in several countries made it imperative to have the perception of an Alternative Dispute Resolution System, more particularly, in the matter of commercial disputes. The Arbitration Act of provides not only for domestic arbitration but spreads its sweep to International Commercial Arbitration too. The Indian law relating to the enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards provides for greater autonomy in the arbitral process and limits judicial intervention to a narrower circumference than under the previous law.

To attract the confidence of International Mercantile community and the growing volume of India's trade and commercial relationship with the rest of the world after the new liberalization policy of the Government, Indian Parliament was persuaded to enact the Arbitration and Conciliation Act of in UNCITRAL model and, therefore, in interpreting any provisions of the Act Courts must not ignore the objects and purpose of the enactment of A bare comparison of different provisions of the Arbitration Act of with the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act would unequivocally indicate that Act limits intervention of Court with an arbitral process to the minimum and it is certainly not the legislative intent that each and every order passed by an authority under the Act would be a subject matter of judicial scrutiny of a Court of Law.

Under the new law the grounds on which an award of an Arbitrator could be challenged before the Court have been severely cut down and such challenge is now permitted on the basis of invalidity of the agreement, want of jurisdiction on the part of the arbitrator or want of proper notice to a party of the appointment of the arbitrator or of arbitral proceedings. Obstructive tactics adopted by the parties in arbitration proceedings are sought to be thwarted by an express provision inasmuch as if a party knowingly keeps silent and then suddenly raises a procedural objection will not be allowed to do so.

The role of institutions in promoting and organising arbitration has been recognised. The power to nominate arbitrator has been given to the Chief Justice or to an institution or person designated by him. The time limit for making awards has been deleted. The existing provisions in Act relating to arbitration through intervention of Court, when there is no suit pending or by order of the court when there is a suit pending, have been removed.

The importance of transnational commercial arbitration has been recognised and it has been specifically provided that even where the arbitration is held in India, the parties to the contract would be free to designate the law applicable to the substance of the dispute.

Under the new law unless the agreement provides otherwise, the arbitrators are required to give reasons for the award. The award itself has now been vested with status of a decree, inasmuch as the award itself is made executable as a decree and it will no longer be necessary to apply to the court for a decree in terms of the award.

All these aim at achieving the sole object to resolve the dispute as expeditiously as possible with the minimum intervention of a Court of Law so that the trade and commerce is not affected on account of litigations before a court. When United Nations established the Commission on International Trade Law it is on account of the fact that the General Assembly recognised that disparities in national laws governing international trade created obstacles to the flow of trade.

The General Assembly regarded the Commission on International Trade Law as a medium which could play a more active role in reducing or removing the obstacles. Such Commission, therefore, was given a mandate for progressive harmonization and unification of the law of International Trade. The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Act clearly enunciates that the main objective of the legislation was to minimise the supervisory role of Courts in the arbitral process.

Under the Act, intervention of the court was required in all the three stages of arbitration, i. The existence of an agreement and of a dispute was required to be proved.

While the Act was perceived to be a good piece of legislation in its actual operation and implementation by all concerned - the parties, arbitrators, lawyers and the courts, it proved to be ineffective and was widely felt to have become outdated. The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, The Arbitration and Conciliation Bill [14] was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 16th May with an object of all three preexisting laws of Arbitration.

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, [15] hereinafter referred to as the Act received the Presidential assent and was brought into force from 16 August The Act has two significant parts — Part I provides for any arbitration conducted in India and enforcement of awards there under.

Part II provides for enforcement of foreign awards.Consolidation of proceedings and concurrent hearings.

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Power to make further provision by regulations. Prior to , Indian courts were severely criticized for their unwelcome intervention in foreign-seated arbitrations and lengthy, expensive ad hoc arbitration proceedings were seen as stumbling blocks to a pro-arbitration environment. Consumer arbitration agreements Ministry of Law and Justice Department: The critics point towards the difficulties in enforcement of arbitral award; frequency and magnitude of judicial intervention.

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