The Legal Framework for Arbitration in Belgium

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: Yes (with amendments as adopted in 2006)
  • Legal Provisions: sections 1676-1723 of the Belgian Code Judiciaire – Arbitration Act of 7 August 1998, in force since 19 May 1998, as amended.

Multilateral Conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 18 August 1975); reservations: reciprocity.
  • European Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 9 October 1975);Y/In accordance with article II, paragraph 2, of the Convention, the Belgian Government declares that in Belgium only the State has, in the cases referred to in article I, paragraph 1, the faculty to conclude arbitration agreements.
  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 27 August 1970); reservations: none.
  • Energy Charter Treaty: Yes (ratification/accession: 16 April 1998); reservations: none.

Arbitral Institutions

Last updated November 2016