The ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris) is part of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris. The ICC is governed by the ICC World Council which in turn is made up of delegates from approximately 90 ICC National Committees including the New Zealand ICC National Committee which was established in 2000 (ICC NZ). One important facet of the ICC’s activities is the supervision of international arbitrations under the ICC Rules of Arbitration.
The foundation members of New Zealand ICC National Committee are the four regional Chambers of Commerce in New Zealand (for Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago). The New Zealand National Committee in turn established the ICC NZ International Arbitration Committee (“IAC”) to:
- assist the ICC NZ when it acts as the National Committee for New Zealand in respect of the ICC Rules of Arbitration or the ICC Rules of Conciliation
- to promote the services of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the training and development of New Zealand inter-nationals as arbitrators, mediators and dispute resolution specialists especially in relation to national disputes
- to make recommendations as to the suitability of New Zealand nationals for appointment by the ICC Court of International Arbitration, Paris as ICC Court members or as ICC arbitrators for particular cases.
The IAC has established a roster of New Zealand nationals who are qualified to be appointed as ICC arbitrators. Since its inception in 2000 the IAC has also assisted ICC NZ in selecting New Zealand nationals to sit on the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. The current NZ nationals on the Court are Wendy Miles of London and Derek Firth of Auckland (alternate member). The IAC also makes recommendations for NZ representation on the ICC Arbitration Commission. The current New Zealand members are: Sir Ian Barker QC, (alternates: Stephen Jagusch, Timothy Lindsay (Dechert, London) and Andrew Tetley (Reed Smith, Paris).
The Secretary General of the New Zealand National Committee is Michael Barnett, the Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber.