New version of the International Dispute Resolution Procedures (Including Mediation and Arbitration Rules) as well as amended Fee Schedule become effective on June 1, 2014
When used properly, arbitral secretaries can support arbitral tribunals in performing their mandate with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Given the potential benefits in efficiency and cost savings that an arbitral secretary can bring to the arbitral process, the Young ICCA Task Force on the Appointment and Use of Arbitral Secretaries was formed to examine the use of arbitral secretaries and advance a more transparent and robust approach to the role of secretaries in arbitration.
(extract from Konstantin Pilkov. Evidence in International Arbitration: Criteria for Admission and Evaluation. Arbitration. – 2014. – Vol. 80. – Issue 2 2014)
Arbitration rules give broad authority to arbitrators regarding the consideration of evidence. They usually do not set any formal procedure of admission and evaluation of evidence and say little if anything about the criteria for such admission and evaluation. The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (as revised in 2010) art.27(4) provide that once a party offers evidence to prove the facts it relies on, the tribunal is required to “determine the admissibility, relevance, materiality, and weight of the evidence offered”.