New Delhi: The Ministry of Law & Justice stated in a Press communication today that the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Act, 2019, was enacted with a view to provide for the establishment and incorporation of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre for the purpose of creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration and to make it a hub for institutional arbitration and to declare the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre to be an institution of national importance. The Act replaced the ordinance on the subject which had come into force on 2 March 2019.
As per Section 5 of the Act, NDIAC will be headed by a Chairperson, who has been a Judge of the Supreme Court or a Judge of a High Court or an eminent person, having special knowledge and experience in the conduct or administration of arbitration, law or management, to be appointed by the Central Government in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
Besides, it will also have two full-time or part-time members from amongst eminent persons having substantial knowledge and experience in institutional arbitration, both domestic and international. In addition, one representative of a recognized body of commerce and industry shall be nominated on rotational basis as a part-time member. The Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice; Financial Adviser nominated by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance; and Chief Executive Officer, NDIAC; will be ex-officio members.
Section 23 of the Act provides for the Secretariat to the Centre inter alia comprising Registrar, Counsel and other officers & employees etc.
In this regard, the Department of Legal Affairs (DoLA) has prepared the following draft Rules:
- The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (the terms and conditions and the salary and allowances payable to the Chairperson and Full-time Members) Rules, 2020.
- The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (the travelling and other allowances payable to Part-time Members) Rules, 2020.
- The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (the number of officers and employees of the Secretariat of the Centre) Rules, 2020.
- The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (the qualifications, experience, method of selection and the functions of the Registrar, Counsel and other officers and employees of the Centre) Rules, 2020.
The Government intends to consult all stakeholders in the process. A copy of the aforesaid draft Rules have been uploaded on the website of the department of Legal Affairs, and DoLA has commenced public consultation on the draft rules with the timeline of submission of comments by 14 March.
Earlier today, the Ministry of Law & Justice also issued draft Arbitration Council of India (ACI) Rules for public consultation.
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