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Statistics 2021


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The NAI is delighted to share with you its statistics of 2021! The NAI is the largest general arbitration institute in the Netherlands, a solid and innovative organisation with by far the most experience with and knowledge of different forms of ADR. The NAI is located in the centre of Rotterdam, the vivacious trading centre of the Netherlands with one of the largest ports of the world. 


New cases received in 2021: 93

Number of pending cases on 31 December 2021: 76*

Total amount in dispute on 31 December 2021: approximately € 1.7 billion* **


*includes all pending cases on 31 December 2021

** approximate rounded amount




In 2021, the NAI saw a continuation of the steady influx of new cases, with 93 new cases being registered, approximately 10% more cases than registered in the previous year.




*includes all pending cases in 2021



2021 saw an increased number of finished proceedings compared to the three years prior. In comparison to 2020, the largest increase was seen in proceedings finishing in a final award (30% increase).




*new cases only


The frequency of NAI summary arbitral proceedings commenced highlights the added value that these proceedings continue to offer to parties choosing the NAI Rules. 2021 saw a four year high in the number of summary arbitral proceedings, recording a 57% increase compared to the previous year. The NAI summary arbitral proceedings continue to differentiate themselves in that these proceedings, if seated in the Netherlands, may be commenced prior to, and separately from, arbitral proceedings on the merits.




*new cases only


The reflection of nationalities of parties involved in cases commenced in 2021 showcases the ability of the NAI staff to administrate cross-border disputes.




*new cases only


The balance between Dutch (58%) and English (42%) exemplifies the NAI’s proven strength in administering both national and international disputes.




*includes appointments in all pending cases in 2021


The majority of appointments of arbitrators in 2021 were by the parties and co-arbitrators directly (56%), however, a sizable number of arbitrators were appointed through the NAI’s list procedure (33%), and directly by the NAI (11%). 2021 saw 13% more arbitrator appointments. It is interesting to note that the list procedure saw the largest increase compared to 2020, doubling its share from 16% to 33%.




*includes appointments in all pending cases in 2021


**see also, the two following charts on appointments through the list procedure and direct appointments by the NAI




*includes appointments in all pending cases in 2021


**see also, the following chart on direct appointments by the NAI




*includes appointments in all pending cases in 2021


The NAI recognizes the disappointing stagnation and decrease of gender diversity in arbitrator appointments in 2021. While 2020 showed promising progress, 2021’s numbers underscore the fact that continuous effort is required to ensure gender diversity in all methods of appointment.




*new cases only


The diversity in the sectors of disputes commenced in 2020 highlights the NAI’s position as the largest general arbitration institute in the Netherlands. It also highlights the breadth and depth of the NAI’s arbitrator pool, who are able to apply their expertise in a diverse range of disputes. 2021 saw Shipbuilding added to the overview due to the increased number of shipbuilding-disputes commenced under the NAI Rules.



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