According to Article 1.2 of the Arbitration Rules of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (the “Arbitration Rules”), the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce (the “FAI”) may be designated as appointing authority without subjecting the arbitration to the provisions contained in the FAI Arbitration Rules. Based on this provision, the FAI may serve as appointing authority inter alia in proceedings governed by the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
FAI administrative procedures for cases under the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (the “Procedures”) will come into force on 1 February 2016. The Procedures are intended to supplement the provisions set out in the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, providing additional guidance concerning the manner in which the FAI will perform the functions of an appointing authority under the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Pursuant to the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the parties may agree on an appointing authority already in their arbitration agreement, or at any time during the arbitration proceedings.
When designated to act as appointing authority under the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the FAI will perform upon request the following functions:
(a) appointment of arbitrators;
(b) decisions on the challenge of arbitrators; and
(c) replacement of arbitrators.
The FAI will prepare separate administrative procedures for cases under the 1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules shortly.