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The German Arbitration Institute (DIS) assumed the main tasks of its predecessor institutions in 1992: the institutional administration of arbitration proceedings, the provision of arbitration rules, support for the conduct of arbitration proceedings and the general promotion of arbitration. As a result, we offer comprehensive arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services.

As the leading arbitration institution in Germany, we administer numerous arbitrations every year. The current 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules are available to all domestic and international sectors of the economy for the settlement of disputes, irrespective of industry. The 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules are available in German and English. In addition, Korean, Russian and Polish translations are now available. Translations into additional languages will follow.

The 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules offer the parties the greatest possible autonomy in the design of the arbitration, and have proven their worth in hundreds of proceedings since their entry into force. The rules also place special emphasis on the early settlement of disputes, a characteristic that distinguishes them from other institutional rules.

In addition to the DIS Arbitration Rules, we offer rules for the entire spectrum of alternative dispute resolution: conciliation, mediation, expert determination, expertise and adjudication.

Read more about dispute resolution procedures and tools & rules.

Upon request, the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) can function as an Appointing Authority under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules Administered by the DIS and appoint arbitrators for domestic and international ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Read more about UNCITRAL.

We strive to share our extensive expertise and actively raise awareness to enable companies to maximise the potential offered by alternative dispute resolution.

In addition, our website provides tools for companies, including rules for arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, model clauses and a cost calculator. With these tools, companies can legally protect themselves and act more efficiently: the tools can be used to minimize negative consequences of existing conflicts and to bring about pragmatic solutions.

External tools, such as the DiReCT Dispute Resolution Comparison Tool, developed by the working group Round Table on Mediation and Conflict Management of the German Economy (RTMKM), can provide assistance in selecting the most appropriate dispute resolution mechanism. In addition, our team is available for general inquiries.

Representatives of the DIS are active at domestic and international events for professional exchanges with experts and practitioners from all over the world.

We offer our members and other interested persons a platform for exchange, discussion and further professional development in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Through our membership, we also connect experts and practitioners beyond national borders. Within the association, there are networking groups for specific areas of industry (e.g. energy or construction). In addition, we connect companies via the User Council, the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK), and regional groups.

The DIS40 is a forum for young arbitration practitioners to network and exchange practical experiences.

Events regularly organised by the DIS are an opportunity for arbitration professionals to partake of further education and the exchange of experiences.

Read more about DIS40 and Networks & Young Talent.

We organise events on current topics in the fields of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution several times a year and co-organise numerous other events (e.g. Petersberger Arbitration Days) with our partners. The DIS40 group also organises discussions and lectures on a regular basis.

Read more about Networks & Young Talents and events.

Alternative dispute resolution in its many forms is increasingly becoming an important part of legal training.

The German Arbitration Institute (DIS) supports young academics in the field of alternative dispute resolution with the DIS Sponsorship Award. The value of the scholarship award is €10,000 and it is granted every two years for outstanding academic work (e.g. for a dissertation or a post-doctoral thesis).

Read more about the DIS Sponsorship Award.

Since 2003, the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) has published the German Arbitration Journal (SchiedsVZ) in cooperation with C.H.Beck. The German Arbitration Journal is the first journal in Germany dedicated to current developments in the fields of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. The journal focuses not only on alternative dispute resolution in Germany but also on developments in other countries, particularly Austria and Switzerland.

The journal is published six times a year and features articles in German and English. Members of the DIS receive a subscription free of charge.

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