Russian Arbitration reform enters into force on 1st September 2016

On 1st September 2016, a new law on arbitration comes into force in the Russian Federation. Key innovations of the so-called « Arbitration reform » inter alia address the following matters:

• the adoption of a presumption of arbitrability of disputes together with the identification of a revised list of disputes that are not arbitrable

• the introduction of a mandatory licensing of arbitral institutions and the granting of certain benefits for institutional arbitration as opposed to ad hoc arbitration;

• the introduction of eligibility requirements for arbitrators in international arbitrations; and

• the recognition of a greater role for local courts to assist the arbitral tribunal while allowing the parties to limit such role.

A more detailed analysis of these innovations can be found via the following link: Link