This introductory chapter provides an overview of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) division focused on international disputes. Following the revision of the International Arbitration Rules in 1996–97, the ICDR was charged with all of the AAA’s international services. Importantly, the ICDR is empowered to apply any one of several sets of rules and procedures in administering international disputes. By far, the most common applicable set of rules is the ICDR Rules, closely followed by the AAA Commercial Rules. However, the ICDR might also be asked to administer an arbitration governed by one of the many industry-specific sets of rules. The chapter then traces the genesis of the ICDR Rules and major changes over time, leading up to the substantial overhaul of the ICDR Rules effected in 2014.
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