Arbitration & Mediation
The Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center (LAMC)
LAMC is the sole institution that provides administration and monitoring services for arbitration proceedings in Lebanon. The Center has been active in the arbitration field since its establishment in 1995. It offers services to the business community, to private and public institutions and to the government.
LAMC oversees the arbitration process and is responsible for:
•Appointing arbitrators or confirming, as the case may be, arbitrators nominated by the parties;
•Deciding upon challenges of arbitrators;
•Fixing and extending time limits;
•Scrutinizing and approving all arbitral awards;
•Fixing the arbitrators' fees taking into consideration the amount in dispute
Arbitration within LAMC is organized as follows:
•The Board of Trustees, consists of the heads of all of the abovementioned entities (Chambers of Commerce, associations and syndicates).
•The Higher Council of Arbitration, whose mission is to organize events that aim to develop, promote and spread the knowledge and the practice of arbitration.
•The Legal Consultative Committee includes well-known Lebanese lawyers and former judges active in the field of arbitration.
•The Court of Arbitration, in charge of administering the arbitration process and ensures the proper application of the LAC Rules. The Court is assisted by the Secretariat General who closely follows all arbitration cases conducted under the LAC Rules.
Mediation has been integrated within LAMC in 2012 through a cooperation agreement signed between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and the International Finance Corporation, an international organization member of the World Bank Group, for the development and promotion of commercial mediation in Lebanon.
Mediation is an Alternative Dispute Resolution process that helps the business community settle commercial disputes without resorting to long and expensive judicial process. Mediation has indeed many advantages:
- Fast, Informal and flexible
- Cost effective
- Controlled by parties
- Parallel to litigation or arbitration
- Maintains business relationships
- Varies settlement options
Mediation covers training and accreditation of mediators, conducting commercial mediation cases and raising awareness on the benefits of mediation.
- Appointing mediators
- Offering LMC facilities
- Preparing the mediation agreement
- Coordinating the mediation logistics
Dispute settlement under LAMC recommends that all parties wishing to make reference in their contracts, use the following standard clause:
"In the event of any dispute arising out of or in connection with the present contract, the parties
agree to submit the matter to the mediation settlement procedure under the rules of the Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center (LAMC) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Unless otherwise agreed between the parties, the mediator shall be nominated by the LAMC."
In case the dispute is not resolved under mediation, the parties submit the matter to the arbitration settlement procedure under the rules of the Lebanese Arbitration and Mediation Center at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The contracting parties declare accepting the provisions of the said rules and undertake to abide by them". One or more arbitrators shall be appointed in accordance with the said rules.
LAMC Secretary General: Me Rayan Kouatly firstname.lastname@example.org
LAMC secretariat: Loubna Khanafer email@example.com
Mediation: Me Dala Ghandour firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Center: 1314 extensions 171 and 172
Tel/Fax: + 961 1 745 289 / + 961 1 349 616