The International Commercial Arbitration Law


Dear Clients,

We’re excited to bring you the latest development in Israel’s legal landscape. On February 12, 2024, the Israeli Knesset passed the International Commercial Arbitration Law, signaling a significant milestone in the country’s approach to resolving international commercial disputes.

What exactly is the International Commercial Arbitration Law, and how will it impact international transactions involving Israel? Let’s delve into the details:

1. Understanding the Law: The International Commercial Arbitration Law is a comprehensive legal framework designed to regulate international commercial arbitration proceedings involving Israeli parties. Drawing inspiration from the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, adopted by the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). this law aims to provide clear and internationally recognized rules for the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes.

2. Key Features of the Law:– Streamlined Arbitration Process: The law streamlines the arbitration process, providing clarity on the arbitration agreement, composition of arbitral tribunals, conduct of proceedings, and enforcement of arbitral awards.

– Promotion of Arbitration: By adopting international best practices, the law promotes arbitration as a preferred method for resolving international commercial disputes, offering parties greater flexibility and efficiency in dispute resolution.

– Enhanced Legal Certainty: Clear and transparent arbitration rules enhance legal certainty and predictability for parties engaged in international transactions involving Israel, mitigating risks and uncertainties associated with cross-border commerce.

3. Impact on International Transactions: The enactment of the International Commercial Arbitration Law is expected to have several positive effects on international transactions involving Israel: 

– Improved Dispute Resolution: Parties to international transactions can benefit from a more efficient and effective dispute resolution mechanism, reducing the risk of prolonged litigation and costly legal battles.

– Enforceability of Awards: The law strengthens the enforceability of arbitral awards, providing parties with greater confidence that their rights and obligations will be upheld in accordance with international standards.

– Attractiveness for Investors: A modern and internationally recognized arbitration framework enhances Israel’s attractiveness as a destination for international investment and commerce, fostering a conducive environment for cross-border transactions.

In conclusion, the International Commercial Arbitration Law represents a significant step forward for Israel, in promoting international trade and investment. By providing a robust legal framework for resolving international commercial disputes, the law is poised to enhance the efficiency, reliability, and attractiveness of international transactions involving Israel.

As always, we will be glad to provide any legal assistance and guidance regarding this matter, and all related legal aspects thereof, as may be required.

The review was written by Alon Pomeranc, Managing Partner and Head of Litigation department together with Adv. Adi Arman and Lama yawir , Litigation  Department.