Governance structure of the Spanish Court of Arbitration
The Plenary Committee
The Court’s Plenary Committee has the following functions, among others:
- Defining the general strategy of the Court.
- Supervising the management of the Court, and in particular approving the objectives of the General Secretariat and evaluating the achievement thereof.
- Preparing and approving the annual report.
- Adopting the decisions that correspond to the Court in arbitration proceedings in accordance with the Rules, as well as those issues that the General Secretariat deems appropriate to submit to the Plenary Committee.
- It will also be for the Plenary Committee, following submissions by the Arbitrator Appointment Committee, to make a reasoned decision regarding the following issues:
- Challenge to arbitrators.
- The exclusion of arbitrators from the Court’s Indicative List of Arbitrators on disciplinary grounds.
- The removal and substitution of arbitrators in respect of an arbitration proceeding due to supervening circumstances.
- The application of any financial penalty to arbitrators’ fees.
- Supervising, with the assistance of the Secretary General, the arbitration proceedings under the administration of the arbitral institution.
- Adopting the necessary measures to guarantee the Court’s independence vis-à-vis potential conflicts of interest that might compromise its neutrality.
- Deciding on the composition of the Indicative List of Arbitrators and annually updating it with the support of the Secretary General.
- Preparing policies, protocols and explanatory notes relating to the conduct of arbitration proceedings, as well as regarding the implementation, interpretation and application of the Rules.
- Preparing the Court’s model arbitration agreement.
- Proposing amendments to these Bylaws and the Rules for the approval of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
- Proposing amendments to the arbitrator fee scale and the Court’s filing and administration fees for the approval of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
- Interpreting the Bylaws and the Rules.
- Fostering the training and skills development of arbitrators.
- Preparing such reports as it deems necessary or as are requested therefrom by the bodies of the Chamber or by competent public authorities.
- Such other functions as are necessary for the proper performance of its functions.
The Court’s Plenary Committee is made up of the following members: