Arbitration in Andorra
Who we are?
The Arbitral Tribunal of the Principality of Andorra (ATPA), an institution created by the 13/2018 Act of May 31sr of 2018, is a legal entity with full financial autonomy.
> Arbitration rules
The ATPA has adopted modern rules for arbitration which offers the parties great freedom and responds perfectly to the needs of the present business world.
> Arbitration agreement
The purpose of ATPA is to promote arbitration and to administer national and international arbitral proceedings, both in law and equity. An arbitration agreement referring to it provides the assurance of process integrity.
To select Andorra as the seat of arbitration is to choose a country born from arbitration and which has the benefit of a modern and effective law, tailored to meet the requirements of efficiency and speed of the corporate life.
To initiate proceedings under the ATPA gives the assurance that the dispute between the parties will be resolved, with full discretion and speed and at reasonable cost, by arbitrators of the highest professional skill, selected by an independent body according to the specificities of each dispute.
Frequently Asked Questions
> What is arbitration?
Arbitration is an alternative method of dispute resolution, or ADR, whereby one or more arbitrators (professionals of recognised standing, usually from the legal field) definitively settle a dispute by way of an award with has the same effects as a final and binding court judgment.
>How is it different from mediation?
Arbitration and mediation are two different ways of resolving a dispute. In arbitration, the arbitrator, acting as a judge would, settles the dispute between the parties in the manner he considers best. In mediation, the mediator does not decide a dispute, but rather endeavours to bring the parties closer together, so that it is they who resolve their differences and find the most appropriate means of putting an end to them.
>What disputes can the Arbitral Tribunal of the Principality of Andorra (ATPA) deal with?
The ATPA can be chosen for any so-called parties’ “free disposition” disputes, that is, those which are not falling within the compulsory jurisdiction of state courts, as is the case in criminal matters or in matters relating to the civil status of individuals. Therefore, any civil or commercial law dispute may, in principle, by resolved by arbitration and, consequently, submitted to the ATPA.
> What is the Arbitral Tribunal of the Principality of Andorra?
The Arbitral Tribunal of the Principality of Andorra is an institution, created by the 13/2018 Act of 31 May, adopted by the Consell General (Andorran Parliament) and whose purpose is to promote arbitration as an alternative method of dispute resolution and to administrate the domestic and international arbitration proceedings entrusted to it.