The Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), the Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA) and the Luxembourg Arbitration Association (LAA) are the main arbitration centres and arbitration associations in the BeNeLux area.
On 8 September 2022, at the Peace Palace of The Hague, these centres and arbitration associations signed a cooperation agreement and established the Benelux Arbitration and ADR Group to strengthen and promote arbitration and other ADR mechanisms in the BeNeLux area (the "Cooperation Agreement").
The signatories of the Cooperation Agreement consider that while each party remains fully independent and autonomous, joining forces in matters of knowledge sharing and promotion of arbitration and other ADR mechanisms both within and outside the BeNeLux area will (i) strengthen the mutual relations between them, (ii) allow them to be more visible in the (international) arbitration and ADR scene and (iii) enable them to benefit from the obvious synergies that exist between the parties.
The parties to the Cooperation Agreement have jointly established the BeNeLux Arbitration and ADR Group to implement the objectives and commitments set out in the Cooperation Agreement.
The BeNeLux Arbitration and ADR Group is governed by a Steering Committee composed of the President and/or the Secretary General of each Party and presided by a chair appointed for a period of two years.
Maxime Berlingin, representative of CEPANI, will be the first Chair.
The Steering Committee will be assisted by representatives of the parties in achieving the objectives and commitments set out in the Cooperation Agreement. The following representatives have been appointed:
For CEPANI: Emma Van Campenhoudt
For the NAI: Camilla Perera - de Wit
For the DAA: Roelien van den Berg
For the Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Nicolina Bordian
For the LAA: Estelle Brison and Antoine Laniez
The BeNeLux Arbitration and ADR Group plans to organise its first conference in Luxembourg on 20 April 2023.