Below is a list of the most recent news items:
The NAI is hiring a Legal Counsel to join the case management divisions at the NAI Secretariat.
On Friday 11 December, Administrator Mirjam Trouw gave a guest lecture on arbitration in the world of alternative dispute resolution at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Savion University of Applied Sciences thank you for the invitation!
On Friday 4 December, Secretary General - Director General Camilla M.L. Perera - De Wit conducted a Master Class in parallel to the Master International Arbitration and Business Law of Erasmus School of Law. A wide range of commercial arbitration topics were discussed, including topical issues such as virtual hearings and fundamental rules of procedure, looked at from different angles (parties, arbitrator, institute). We thank Erasmus School of Law for the invitation!
In a collaborative effort between the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and the Dutch Arbitration Association, the NAI has published 2020 Virtual Hearing Guidelines for arbitrations with a Dutch seat.
The guidelines specifically aim to provide a practical approach to a videoconference hearing. The objective is to make videoconference hearings a suitable and effective replacement for physical hearings by using high quality devices, a secure platform and by ensuring an appropriate set-up of the venue. The guidelines cover various topics such as (i) pre-hearing arrangements, (ii) technical issues, specifications, requirements and support, (iii) hearing venues, (iv) confidentiality, privacy and security, (v) online etiquette and due process, and (vi) presentation of evidence and examination of witnesses.
The Court of Arbitration for Art's (CAfA) inaugural session took place on 19 November 2020 and was a huge success! With over 235 attendees from different continents, the session was well attended.
CAfA was established to have complex art disputes resolved more timely and more efficiently, by expert decision makers and specialist technical experts. The NAI is the administrating body under the CAfA arbitration and mediation rules. Parties can submit their disputes to the CAfA now.
Speakers included Jean-François Canat, Founding partner at UGGC Avocats, Paris; Yu-Jin Tay, Partner at Mayer Brown, Singapore; Judith Wallace, Managing partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, New York; Martin Wilson, Chief General Counsel at Phillips Auctioneers, London. The session was moderated by Secretary General / Director General, Camilla Perera - de Wit (board member of CAfA).
A new NAI Newsletter has been published.
The NAI is hiring a Legal Counsel to join the case management divisions at the NAI Secretariat.
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute is delighted to announce the hire of Tomas Vaal as its Director Business Operations and the appointment of Mirjam Trouw as the new Administrator. Mirjam succeeds Charlotte van Maanen in this position, who recently stepped down as Administrator.
Tomas Vaal currently is a senior associate at a highly reputable law firm in the Netherlands. Tomas has specialized in international arbitration and has been involved in arbitration proceedings under a variety of rules (NAI, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, UNUM, and the Arbitration Board for the Construction Industry) as well as in arbitration related state court proceedings, in particular regarding the enforcement and setting aside proceedings of arbitral awards. Tomas is individually mentioned in The Global Arbitration Review 100 - The Guide to Specialist International Arbitration Practices 2019 and 2020, and described as strategic and smart. Tomas will also be Acting Administrator. He will join the NAI as per 1 November 2020.
Mirjam Trouw joined the NAI in 2009 as Legal Counsel. Since then, Mirjam has taken the position of Deputy Administrator. She will now take the position of Administrator.
Professor Gerard Meijer, President of the Board of the NAI:
“The NAI Board is extremely proud to be able to make the above announcements. The Board made a conscious choice to further professionalize the NAI in order to optimally serve the users of arbitration further in the future. Camilla Perera de Wit, our Secretary General, has enormously contributed to make this happen. The increase of the number of cases, including cases with a higher value, justifies our decision to further expand.
We are grateful to Charlotte van Maanen for her tremendous contribution to the NAI in her role as Administrator and will greatly miss her. We are very happy that Charlotte may hand over to Mirjam Trouw, who is already highly familiar with the work in her role as Deputy Administrator. The hire of Tomas Vaal as Director Business Operations, will certainly also contribute to the further professionalization as mentioned earlier.”
Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General and Director General of the NAI:
“This is very exciting news and I could not be more delighted. The NAI has made tremendous strides in the past year and we are now ready to expand the team with talented lawyers. Tomas brings the right experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the NAI and is the right fit to help us implement our strategic objectives and realize our potential.
Mirjam has a wealth of knowledge regarding the administration of NAI arbitrations and I am delighted to see her make this step up. I also want to take this opportunity to give a sincere and heartfelt thanks to Charlotte van Maanen. Charlotte has been one of the anchors of the NAI for the past years and she will be missed. We wish her all the very best for the future.”
The Board of the NAI
Professor G.J. Meijer NAI (President of the board), partner and attorney-at-law, Linklaters Amsterdam; professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam; board member
Professor C.J.M. Klaassen NAI (Vice-President of the board), professor, Radboud University Nijmegen
B.J. Korthals Altes NAI (board member, Secretary), partner and attorney-at-law, Ysquare Amsterdam; board member
E.J. Reuver RA RV NAI (board member, Treasurer), director, Travel Guarantee Fund/Calamity Fund
E.W. Dorrestijn NAI (board member, Portfolio ICT/operations), general counsel commercial, KPN
Honorary board members
Professor A.J. van den Berg (NAI, honorary President of the NAI Board), partner and attorney-at-law, Hanotiau & van den Berg Brussels; professor emeritus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam;
Professor H.J. Snijders (NAI honorary board member), honorary professor, Leiden University
About the NAI
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) is a leading forum for dispute resolution. Based in the Netherlands and established as a foundation in 1949, it has an acknowledged reputation in offering qualitative and cost-efficient ADR case management. Its highly experienced Bureau has administered thousands of domestic and international disputes. The NAI operates on a non-profit basis and performs its duties independently and impartially. It provides tailored and flexible administration services through its innovative and specialist arbitration and mediation rules. The hearings can take place anywhere in the world and parties are free to choose the applicable law. The NAI has recently co-founded a specialist Court of Arbitration for Art, CAfA, offering parties to global art disputes access to specialist adjudication, under the auspices of the NAI.
In the context of COVID-19, the NAI follows the guidelines of the WHO, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (in Dutch: RIVM) and the national government. The NAI Bureau remains operational and works remotely in order to guarantee the continuity of our services. The health and safety of our staff and users is most important. Within the imposed restrictions with which we show solidarity, we make every effort to ensure the continuation of our services. We hereby inform you that we strongly prefer electronic and telephone communication only, until further notice. Hearings and meetings that would take place at the offices of the NAI have been relocated or will take place via virtual means. If you need to send awards and ADR decisions in hard copy by post, we kindly ask that you inform us timely in advance (prior to dispatch). We thank you in advance for your understanding and trust.
For more information about this press release and the NAI, please contact the NAI Bureau at:
telephone: +31-10-281 6969 or email: email@example.com.
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) cordially invites you to the
following live webinar, scheduled on Thursday 27 August 2020 1700-1800 hrs CET:
In conversation with: Juan Fernandez Armesto and Albert Jan van den Berg on:
“The Examination of Fact Witnesses and Expert Witnesses Through Virtual Means”
This first session of a series of live webinars brings personal stories and sharing of best practices of NAI guests. Expect a fireside chat and a dialogue between leading figures on the latest topical issues. The discussion is intended to be insightful and useful to arbitration practitioners around the globe.
Participants are encouraged to send in questions in advance to help ensure their topics get covered during the session. Please send in questions to the NAI Secretariat via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moderator: Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General / Director General, NAI
About our guests:
Professor Albert Jan van den Berg is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. He is and has been sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations (ad hoc, AAA/ICDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DRCAFTA, ECT, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, NAFTA, NAI, OHADA, SCAI, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL). Professor van den Berg also frequently acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration matters.
Professor van den Berg is Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), having served as its President in 2014–2016. He is also Honorary President of the NAI, having served as its President and Secretary-General. He is Professor Emeritus of Law (arbitration chair) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and is currently a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, University of Miami Law School, and Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing and a member of the Faculty of the Geneva University Master of Laws in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), Geneva.
He has extensively published and lectured on international arbitration and has founded and maintains a website on the New York Convention on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (www.newyorkconvention.org).
Professor van den Berg was awarded “Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Award” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in 2006, 2011, and 2017, and “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” by the Global Arbitration Review in 2013.
Juan Fernández-Armesto is a professional arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in more than 180 proceedings, including investment, commercial and construction arbitrations. The commercial and construction arbitrations in which he participated include cases administered by the ICC, plus cases administered by AAA, LCIA, VIAC, DIAC and ad hoc procedures under UNCITRAL Rules.
He is a current Vice President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Governing Board. He has been President of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) (1996-2000), partner of Uría Menéndez (1983-1996) and Chaired Professor of Commercial Law (1988-2009). In 1978 he started to teach commercial law as Assistant Professor at Comillas University – ICADE in Madrid. He was designated Chaired Professor in 1988 and continued teaching until 2009.
He has published two books, various chapters in collective publications, numerous articles and participated as speaker in more than two hundred public events. Spanish national, born in New York in 1953, he lived for 10 years in Germany, obtained the Abitur at the German School in Madrid (1972), and then received Degrees in Law (ICADE, Madrid, 1977) and in Business Administration (ICADE, Madrid, 1978) and an Iuris Doctor (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1983 summa cum laude).
Registration is free of charge.
Login details to join the webinar will be sent to you upon registration. Thank you.
Honored and excited about our Secretary General, Mrs. Camilla Perera-de Wit, winning
a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award 2020 – Commercial Arbitration - the Netherlands!
The Women in Law Awards are a global celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar.
“In recognition of your outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Commercial Arbitration”;
“The research team has highlighted a number of your achievements over the last 18 months”;
Points awarded included the criteria below:
Thank you to those who have supported this nomination!
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and Young NAI cordially
invite you to join them on Thursday 18 June 1700-1800 hrs CET
for the following webinar:
‘Commercial Arbitration In Times of COVID-19: The Ability to Adapt’
This event is aimed at sharing best practices and experiences on COVID-19 related consequences in commercial arbitration.
A panel of experts will explore several topics such as:
The panel will discuss these topics from different angles (e.g. private practitioner, arbitrator, institute). The webinar will be in English.
We are very excited to announce the following speakers will participate:
Registration is free of charge. Participants are eligible for 1 PO-point (Dutch Bar Association).
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute is proud to have one of its senior staff members join the ERA Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee. Deputy Administrator and Senior Legal Counsel Mirjam Trouw has been invited to join this illustrious group.
Newsflash: The Hague based Court of Arbitration for Art featured in today's edition of the recognized The Art Newspaper.
In the context of COVID-19, the NAI Secretariat follows the guidelines of the WHO, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (in Dutch: RIVM) and the national government. The health and safety of our staff and users is most important. In order to guarantee the continuity of our services, the NAI Secretariat works remotely in any event up to and including 1 June 2020. All meetings and/or hearings scheduled to take place at the NAI offices are conducted by means of video link or phone, or are postponed. Please, read this notice which is meant to offer guidance to arbitrators, parties and counsel as to the response to COVID-19 at the NAI Secretariat.
In the context of COVID-19, the NAI Secretariat follows the guidelines of the WHO, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (in Dutch: RIVM) and the national government. The NAI Secretariat remains operational and will work "remote" in any event up to and including 28 April, in order to guarantee the continuity of our services.
The health and safety of our staff and users is most important. Within the imposed restrictions with which we show solidarity, we make every effort to continue our services as optimal as possible. We hereby inform you that we strongly prefer electronic and telephone communication only, until further notice.
Hearings and meetings that would take place either at the offices of the NAI or elsewhere have been relocated or will take place via a virtual hearing. If you need to send awards and ADR decisions in hard copy by post, we kindly ask that you inform us timely in advance (prior to dispatch). We thank you in advance for your understanding and trust.
In case of an application involving summary arbitral proceedings, under Article 35(2) in conjunction with Article 36 NAI Arbitration Rules, we kindly ask that you notify us in advance via email@example.com.
Parties and arbitrators should send all other questions, documents and correspondence to the NAI by email only.
The NAI will correspond with parties and arbitrators by email.
Arbitrators are requested to deliver their awards by email and should notify the same email address if for any reason this is not possible.
The NAI will transmit awards to parties electronically with originals and/or certified copies to follow.
We will provide regular updates on our website. We hope you are all keeping well and thank you for your support as we all challenge these extraordinary circumstances.
In the context of COVID-19, the NAI Secretariat follows the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (in Dutch: RIVM) and the national government. The NAI Secretariat remains operational and will work "remote" up to and including 6 April, in order to guarantee the continuity of our services.
The health and safety of our staff and users is most important. Within the imposed restrictions with which we show solidarity, we make every effort to continue our services as optimal as possible. We hereby inform you that - until further notice - we strongly prefer electronic and telephone communication only. Hearings and meetings that would take place at the offices of the NAI in this period have been relocated or postponed. If you need to send awards and ADR decisions in hard copy by post, we kindly ask that you inform us timely in advance (prior to dispatch). We thank you in advance for your understanding and trust.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published.
The NAI is hiring two Legal Counsel to each manage one of three case management units at the NAI Secretariat.
A new overview on NAI summary arbitral proceedings has been published. You will find, amongst other information, the latest developments on numbers and sort of cases.
SAVE THE DATE! Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and Young NAI End-of-Year meeting 2019. Thursday 12 December at the Van Doorne offices in Amsterdam!
The Netherlands Arbitration Institute proudly announces the appointment of Camilla Perera - De Wit, as its Secretary General / Director.
28 June 2019 the NAI’s 70th anniversary will be celebrated (in Dutch).
The website of the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) has been launched today. Visit www.CAfA.world for more information.
On 21 March 2019 the joint NAI and CEPANI colloquium “Do Arbitral Awards reveal the truth?” will take place.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including the New Year’s Greetings, information about CAfA and the announcement for the NAI-CEPANI Colloquium.
On 13 December 2018 the annual end-of-year-meeting took place. Jan Eijsbouts and Martijn Scheltema discussed the topic ‘Arbitration, a solution for international business and human rights disputes’. The venue for the meeting was at the offices of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V., followed by a walking dinner in ‘Madame Moustache’, both located in The Hague.
On Friday 23 November 2018 another NAI Basic course took place. The course is in Dutch. The program can be found here.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including invitations for the end-of-year-meeting and the Basic Course and the vacancy for the NAI Director.
As from this fall, the NAI will administrate Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) arbitrations and mediations. If you would like to become a CAfA arbitrator or mediator, you can find more information here.
On 5 July 2018 the NAI Young Arbitration Practitioners event took place at the Law Faculty of Leiden University. Lucy Keane discussed “The Art of Cross-Examination” in an interactive setting.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including a message from the chair of the Advisory Board and the summary annual report 2017.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including information about the NAI and about an academic prize organised by CEPANI.
The NAI and NAI Young Arbitration Practitioners end-of-year meeting will took place on 14 December 2017. Peter Ingelse and Bas van Zelst spoke about “Med-Arb: no man’s land between mediation and arbitration".
As of 24 August 2017, the secretariat of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute is based at a different location in Rotterdam. The NAI is riding high on the 34th floor of the ‘Delftse Poort’, right next to Rotterdam CS station.
Our new office address is: Weena 505, 3013 AL ROTTERDAM. Telephone number, P.O. Box and email address remain unchanged.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including information about the relocation of the NAI, about a colloquium organised by NAI and CEPANI on 5 October 2017 as well as the end-of-year-meeting on 14 December 2017.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published including information about requesting arbitration in Russian and about a colloquium organised by NAI and CEPANI on 5 October 2017.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we briefly inform you about the new NAI Mediation Rules of 1 January 2017 and the reduction of the administration costs, ‘The Pledge’ and some additional information about the measure for decision making.
The new NAI Mediation Rules 1 January 2017 are in force.
The NAI and NAI under 40 End of Year Event took place on 8 December at the Dutch Supreme Court in The Hague, followed by dinner.
The 4th Dutch Arbitration Day was held in The Hermitage in Amsterdam on Wednesday 5 October 2016.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we briefly inform you about the annual report, information about the NAI becoming independent authority for healthcare contracting disputes, announcement for two basic courses, a save the date for NAI Jong Oranje and some information about the measure for decision making.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we briefly see in retrospect what 2015 brought us and what we wish for in 2016, furthermore you will find a brief report of the NAI and NAI Jong Oranje end-of-year-meeting, a save the date for the NAI basic course and for the colloquium CEPANI-NAI “Opening the black box of conflicts of interest”, the registry fee 2016, some information about the statement of arbitrators and a small selection of case law.
On 10 December 2015 another NAI year end meeting took place.
On Monday 12 October 2015, the first one-day basic course under the new NAI Arbitration Rules was held, during which the basics of arbitration were explained. Everyone with a current or future practice in arbitration, lawyer, technical or financial expert or otherwise is welcome to attend.
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we would like to draw your attention to new NAI rules, The Hague Hearing Centre, arbitrators’ fees in proceedings to which the NAI Arbitration Rules apply, and the next meeting of the NAI and NAI Young Arbitration Practitioners (NAI Jong Oranje).
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we would like to draw your attention to the NAI Annual Report, the arbitration clause and list procedure, the Global Arbitration Review Award, small claims arbitration and the next meetings of the NAI and NAI Young Arbitration Practitioners (NAI Jong Oranje).
A new NAI Newsletter has been published. In this newsletter we would like to draw your attention to the (English translation of) the NAI Arbitration Rules, the Binding Advice Rules, the beginning and the end of a NAI Arbitration and the next meeting of NAI Young Arbitration Practitioners (NAI Jong Oranje).
During the rush hour course, an explanation will be given on the new NAI Arbitration Rules in the context of the revised Arbitration Act. The discussion will include what has changed, how the regulations relate to the law and some background information. more info >
The new Binding Advice Rules are in force. The English translation will be available soon.
As of 1 January 2015 the fee for deposit of an award will be € 122.-.