This is a comprehensive guide of 35 of the world’s leading arbitration centers and their fees including registration, filing, arbitral tribunal, arbitrators’, and administrative fees.
It is noteworthy to mention that these fees are up to the latest information provided by the respective centers in 2021. They are subject to change by the Centre, currency fluctuations, and laws. They are also estimative and should only be used for reference.
Below is a detailed infographic map for the major Arbitration Center costs and fee calculation structure from around the world:
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- Arbitration Costs in the Gulf Region
- Arbitration Costs in Africa
- Arbitration Costs in EUROPE
- Arbitration Costs in the United Kingdom
- Arbitration Costs in the USA
- Arbitration Costs in Canada
- Arbitration Costs in South America
- Arbitration Costs in Russia
- Arbitration Costs in China and Hong Kong
- Arbitration Costs in India
- Arbitration Costs in Singapore
- Arbitration Costs in Turkey
- Arbitration Costs in Australia and New Zealand
- Arbitration Costs in Scandinavian Countries
To learn more about Arbitration, check out What is an Arbitration Agreement? What is its purpose?, and What is Binding Arbitration? Is it better than Court?, and Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and it’s advantages and disadvantages.
Arbitration Costs in the Gulf Region
Arbitration Costs in the UAE
Whilst there are several arbitration centers in the UAE, the most well known are:
- Dubai Internation Arbitration Centre (DIAC).
- Dubai Internation Financial Centre DIFC-LCIA .
- Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADDCCAC).
DIAC Arbitration Fees
There is a fixed AED 5,000 as a registration fee. Other fees are shown below.
Currency conversion factor: USD 1 = AED 3.67
|Disputed Amount||Adminstrative Fees||Tribunal Fees (MIN)||Tribunal Fees (MAX)|
|Up to 200,000||5,000||8,500||8% of the disputed|
amount (maximum amount shall be 26,000)
|200,001 – 500,000||10,000||8,500 + 1.5% of the amount exceeding 200,001||26,000 + 7.5% of the amount exceeding 200,001|
|500,001 -100,0000||20,000||13,500 + 1% of the amount exceeding 500,001||51,000 + 5% of the amount exceeding 500,001|
|1,000,001 -2,500,000||30,000||18,500 + 0.5% of the amount exceeding 1,000,001||78,000 + 4% of the amount exceeding 1,000,001|
|2,500,001 -5,000,000||40,000||32,000 + 0.5% of the amount exceeding 2,500,001||141,000 + 3% of the amount exceeding 2,500,001|
|5,000,001 -10,000,000||50,000||47,000 + 0.3% of the amount exceeding 5,000,001||212,500 + 2% of the amount exceeding 5,000,001|
|10,000,001 -20,000,000||75,000||67,000 + 0.2% of the amount exceeding 10,000,001||305,000 + 1% of the amount exceeding 10,000,001|
|20,000,001 -50,000,000||100,000||92,000 + 0.15% of the amount exceeding 20,000,001||400,500 + 0.4% of the amount exceeding 20,000,001|
|50,000,001 -100,000,000||150,000||114,500 + 0.1% of theamount exceeding 50,000,001||540,000 + 0.3% of the amount exceeding 50,000,001|
|100,000,001 -150,000,000||180,000||138,000 + 0.059% of the amount exceeding 100,000,001||630,000 + 0.2280% of the amount exceeding 100,000,001|
|150,000,001 -200,000,000||210,000||160,000 + 0.330% of the amount exceeding 150,000,001||717,000 + 0.1570% of the amount exceeding 150,000,001|
|200,000,001 -250,000,000||240,000||180,000 +0.0210% of the amount exceeding 200,000,001||794,000 + 0.1150% of the amount exceeding 200,000,001|
|Over 250,000,000||270,000||192,000 + 0.0100% of the amount exceeding 250,000,000||852,500 + 0.0400% of the amount exceeding 250,000,000|
DIFC Arbitration Fees
The structure of DIFC-LCIA is a bit different from DIAC as its arbitration fees are billed hourly, as listed below:
- Registration Fee: AED 10,000
- Registrar / Deputy Registrar / Counsel AED 1,500 per hour.
- Other Secretariat personnel AED 1,000 per hour.
- Arbitral Tribunal AED 2,500 per hour.
However, the fees of the arbitral tribunal are subject to change and are informed in advance prior to the commencement of the arbitration. In addition, these fees exclude other kinds of expenses such as traveling and printing.
ADCCAC Arbitration Fees
The Abu Dhabi Arbitration Center fees are divided into two categories depending on the number of arbitrators in the arbitration panel.
Fees of an arbitration panel of Three Arbitrators in ADCCAC are listed in the following table.
|Disputed amount in AEDs||Sole Arbitrator Panel Fees in AEDs||Three Arbitrators Panel Fees in AEDs|
|Up to 1,000,000.00||50,000.00||125,000.00|
|From 1,000,001 To 2,500,000||50,000 + 3.000% of amount over 1,000,000||125,000+ 7.500% of amount over 1,000,000|
|From 2,500,001 To 5,000,000||95,000 + 2.800% of amount over 2,500,000||237,500+ 7.000% of amount over 2,500,000|
|From 5,000,001 To 10,000,000||165,000+ 1.600% of amount over 5,000,000||412,500+ 3.000% of amount over 5,000,000|
|From 10,000,001 To 20,000,000||245,000+ 0.800% of amount over 10,000,000||562,500+ 1.850% of amount over 10,000,000|
|From 20,000,001 To 40,000,000||325,000+ 0.500% of amount over 20,000,000||747,500 + 1.000% of amount over 20,000,000|
|From 40,000,001 To 60,000,000||425,000+ 0.300% of amount over 40,000,000||947,500+ 0.650% of amount over 40,000,000|
|From 60,000,001 To 80,000,000||485,000+ 0.200% of amount over 60,000,000||1,077,500+ 0.450% of amount over 60,000,000|
|From 80,000,001 To 100,000,000||525,000+ 0.100% of amount over 80,000,000||1,167,500+ 0.250% of amount over 80,000,000|
|From 100,000,001||545,000 + 0.050% of amount over 100,000,000||1,217,500+ 0.050% of amount over 100,000,000|
Arbitration Costs in Saudi Arabia (KSA)
The main arbitration center in KSA is the Saudi Center for Commerical Arbitration (SADR). The arbitration costs in Saudi Arabia (KSA) are billed as follows:
|From||To||Filing Fee||Final Fee||Sliding Fee||One Arbitrator Tribunal Fee|
|2||200,001||400,000.00||5,000.00||5,000.00||+ 3.7840%of amount over200000||28,832.00||+ 10.8544%of amount over200000|
|3||400,001||800,000.00||10,000.00||12,568.00||+ 2.024096of amount over400000||50,540.80||+ 6.1480%of amount over400000|
|4||800,001||2,000,000.00||10,000.00||20,664.00||+ 1.6720%of amount over800000||75,132.80||+ 5.4696%of amount over800000|
|5||2,000,001||4,000,000.00||10,000.00||40,728.00||+ 1.2080%of amount over2.000.000.00||140,768.00||+ 3.2224%of amount over2000000|
|6||4,000,001||8,000,000.00||10,000.00||64,888.00||+ 0.7600%of amount over4000000||205,216.00||+ 2.8832%of amount over4000000|
|7||8,000,001||20,000,000.00||10,000.00||95,288.00||+ 0.3680%of amount over8000000||320,544.00||+ 1.1128%of amount over8000000|
|8||20,000,001||40,000,000.00||10,000.00||139,448.00||+ 0.2000%of amount over20000000||454,080.00||+ 0.7280%of amount over20000000|
|9||40,000,001||100,000,000.00||10,000.00||179,448.00||+ 0.0800%of amount over40000000||599,680.00||+ 0.1928%of amount over40000000|
|10||100,000,001||200,000,000.00||10,000.00||227,448.00||+ 0.0720%of amount over100000000||715,360.00||+ 0.1824%of amount over100000000|
|11||200,000,001||300,000,000.00||10,000.00||299,448.00||+ 0.0800%of amount over200000000||897.760.00||+ 0.1256%of amount over200000000|
|12||300,000,001||400,000,000.00||10,000.00||307,448.00||+ 0.0028%of amount over300000000||1,023,360.00 +||0.00092of amount over300000000|
|13||400,000,001||1,000,000,000||10,000.00||310,248.00||+ 0.0028%of amount over400000000||1,115,360.00 +||0.000464of amount over400000000|
|14||Over1,000,000,000||10,000.00||327,048.00||+ 0.0028%of amount over1000000000||1,393,760.00 +||0.00032of amount over1000000000|
Arbitration Costs in Qatar
Arbitration costs in Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) are calculated via an online calculator.
The fees are broken down into:
- registration fees
- Administrative expenses
- Arbitrators’ fees:
This is what you should expect to pay if you claim is $100,000. You can calculate your fees using the QICCA fees calculator.
Arbitration Costs in Africa
As of 2020, the top arbitration centers in Africa are the following:
- Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA).
- Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).
- Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC).
- Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA).
- Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA).
The busiest ones are the AFSA and CRCICA.
Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa costs for arbitration
The fee structure is set as follows:
- a registration fee of USD 345.
- an administration fee ranging from USD 1,000 to a maximum of USD 54,950.
- a fee for extra, reasonable or actual expenses incurred in administration; and
- arbitrators’ fees.
Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) costs
The costs of arbitrating with CRCICA include a fixed registration fee of $500. Other fees such as administrative and arbitrators’ fees are found in the calculator of fees. See the below screenshot for a sample dispute of $1,000,000.
Arbitration Costs in EUROPE
European Court of Arbitration (ECA)
The European Court of Arbitration was founded in 1992 in Strasbourg, France. All the arbitration costs of this world-renowned center depend on the amount in dispute including the administrative and the arbitrators’ fees. They consider their costs very affordable for the quality of their services.
Here are the fees incurred for a sample dispute of €1000.
ICC International Court of Arbitration
A world-leading arbitration center since 1923, the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration has one of the highest filing fees which equals $5000 payable by the claimant.
In addition to the filing fee, a provisional advance is paid by the claimant and will be fixed by the Secretary-General.
The following picture showcases the arbitration fees for a claim of $10,000 by the ICC International Court of Arbitration cost calculator.
Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
The Vienna International Arbitration Centre is the most famous arbitration center in Central and South-Eastern Europe since 1975. the costs of arbitration with this center depend on the number of arbitrators and the amount in dispute.
For reference, the amount in dispute in the following table is €10,000.
French Association of Arbitration (AFA)
The French Association of Arbitration offers a great deal for claims less than €50,000. When the claim is less than €50,000 and only one arbitrator is required, the administrative fees will be reduced by half the original fee.
Here are the AFA costs of arbitration:
Arbitration Costs in the United Kingdom
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
The LCIA is one of the oldest arbitration centers in the world and it’s has been active since 1891. It is also the main arbitral institution in the UK. The costs of arbitrating with LCIA include:
- A registration fee of £1950
- An administrative hourly fee of £165-£280 per hour
- An arbitral tribunal maximum hourly rate of £500/hour.
If needed, a tribunal secretary will be appointed and will cost £75-£175/hour.
In case of emergency arbitration, the LCIA offers a fixed application fee of £9000 and an arbitrator’s fee of £22,000.
Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
With no application or registration fee, the CEDR is probably the most affordable arbitration center in the UK.
Its costs include an appointment fee of up to £3000 depending on the amount in dispute payable by the involved parties and an arbitrator’s fee of £250-£750 per hour.
International Dispute Resolution Center (IDRC)
This London-based center is one of the most famous ADR providers in the UK. It provides fully-equipped rooms for arbitration and mediation. When it comes to pricing, they only showcase the booking and rooms fees.
To book a virtual arbitration with IDRC, you should expect to pay £1265-2010. Arbitration rooms can cost anywhere from £315 to £3995 depending on the type of the room and its capacity. Moreover, overtime hours cost £130-265 per hour.
Arbitration Costs in the USA
American Arbitration Association (AAA)
The fees of arbitration with the AAA vary depending on the type of dispute. They handle consumer, commercial, construction, and employment-related disputes. When it comes to consumer disputes arbitration, you should expect to pay a filing fee of no more than $200.
Here’s where you can find all the detailed AAA rules and fees for each type.
AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
This AAA center is dedicated to international disputes where either one party or both parties are not American residents or citizens.
The claimant should expect to pay an initial fee and if the arbitration proceeds to the first hearing, they pay the final fee that can be lower or higher than the initial one. this schedule shows the fees of arbitration with AAA’s ICDR:
This schedule does not include the arbitrators’ fees. Every arbitrator will determine their fees and add them in the award. Also, you should know that additional parties incur more fees.
JAMS offers ADR services for business and legal disputes globally. They are one of the few ADR providers whose fees are not based on the amount in dispute.
The arbitrators’ fees are billed hourly and they are set by the arbitrators themselves. The other JAMS fees are fixed and they are:
- A filing fee of $1750 for two parties and $3000 for three or more. it’s the same fee for domestic and international disputes.
- Consumers’ filing fee is $250
- Employers disputing employment contracts pay a filing fee of $400.
- 12% of the total or arbitrators’ fees as case management fees
Other fees might incur. Read our detailed review on JAMS and when to approach them in; Your Quick Guide to JAMS ADR Platform: Mediation, Arbitration, and Dispute Resolution Services
Chicago International of Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA)
CIDRA is Chicago’s top ADR provider. To arbitrate with them, you should expect to pay:
- $500 as an administrative fee payable by each party
- A minimum of $1500 as a filing fee
- A minimum of $3000 as a filing fee if the claimed amount is not stated at the registration stage.
- $600/hour is the arbitrators’ hourly rate
- Arbitral tribunal fees depending on the amount in dispute in addition to the case’s complexity and the arbitrators’ working hours.
- Any expenses incurred by the arbitrators
The following fees schedule shows the filing fees for the amount in dispute:
Arbitration Costs in Canada
This is Canada’s largest ADR body, and it’s relatively less expensive than most arbitration centers around the world. They charge:
- $500+HST as a filing fee
- $250-800/hour as arbitrators’ hourly rate depending on their experience.
- Hearing days fixed rates set by the arbitrators’
- $750+HST as arbitration room booking fee
ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
The following schedule shows the fees of arbitration in the ADRIC:
1 CAD = 0.81 USD
The case service fee is payable by both parties and will depend on the total of the claim and counterclaim if there’s any.
Canadian Commercial Arbitration Center (CCAC)
The CCAC specializes in arbitrating commercial disputes worldwide. They charge a filing fee of CA$1000 and arbitrators’ fees are billed hourly. Check the CCAC’s website to know more about the fees included.
Arbitration Costs in South America
Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce
The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce offers arbitration and mediation services for all commerce-related matters. Their fees include:
- $707 as a registration fee
- $9277 as administrative fees
- $8349 for one arbitator or $21150 for three arbitrators
Here’s the CCBC’s fees calculation for a dispute claim of $10,000 with one arbitrator. 1 USD= 5.66 BRL
Arbitration Center of Mexico (ACM)
This is Mexico’s top ADR provider that specializes in arbitration only. They provide a fees calculator on their website to estimate your costs to arbitrate your dispute with them.
Here’s what you should expect to pay if you claim an amount of $10,000:
Administrative fees of around $985 and one arbitrator’s fee of around $2127.
Arbitration Costs in Russia
The International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC)
Russia’s ICAC offers domestic and international arbitration services. The fees calculator below shows arbitration fees for international disputes with one arbitrator.
This is what you should expect to pay if you claim an amount of $10,000.
St. Petersburg International Commecial Arbitration Court
St. Petersburg’s ICAC is another major international arbitration center in Russia. Besides the administrative fees listed below, you should expect to pay at least $2000 or %10 of the amount in dispute as arbitrators’ fees, taking into account their hourly rates as well. The claimant must pay $1000 as court expenses.
|Amount in dispute (US$)||Administrative cost|
|Up to 100.000||$1000 plus 2% of amount over $50.000|
|100.001 to 500.000||$2000 plus 1.5% pf amount over $100.000|
|500.001 to 1.000.000||8.000 plus 1% of amount over $500.000|
|1.000.001 to 5.000.000||$13.000 plus 0.5% of amount over $1.000.000|
|5.000.001 to 10.000.000||$33.000 plus 0.2% of amount over $5.000.000|
|Over 10.000.000||$43.000 plus 0.1% of amount over 10.000.000|
Arbitration Costs in China and Hong Kong
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
The primary arbitration of China, CIETAC offers affordable services compared to other international centers of the same quality. For foreign disputes, you wSill have to pay around $1564 as a registration fee and an equal amount as the arbitration fee.
Here’s the case handling fees schedule:
Beijing International Arbitration Commission (BIAC)
BIAC offers a fixed fee for claims under $10,000 which is $2659, making a very affordable option for small claims.
When the claim is more than $10,000, you should expect to pay an administrative fee and arbitrators’ fees depending on the amount in dispute.
Hong Kong International Arbitration Commission (HKIAC)
The HKIAC is Hong Kong’s leading arbitration center. They charge:
- HK$8000 for registration
- HK$6500/hour as the arbitrator’s maximum hourly rate
- HK$2500/hour as the tribunal secretary’s maximum hourly rate
The administrative fee depends on the amount in dispute as shown in the following table.
|Sum in dispute in HKD||Administrative Fees in HKD|
|Up to 400,000||19,800|
|400,001 to 800,000||19,800 +1.3% of & the amount over 400,000|
|800,001 to 4,000,000||25,000 + 1% of & the amount over 800,000|
|4,000,001 to 8,000,000||57,000 + 0.545% of & the amount over 4,000,000|
|8,000,001 to 16,000,000||78,800 + 0.265% of & the amount over 8,000,000|
|16,000,001 to 40,000,000||100,000 + 0.2% of & the amount over 16,000,000|
|40,000,001 to 80,000,000||148,000 + 0.11% of & the amount over 40,000,000|
|80,000,001 to 240,000,000||192,000 + 0.071% of & the amount over 80,000,000|
|240,000,001 to 400,000,000||305,600 +0.059% of & the amount over 240,000,000|
1 HKD= 0.13 USD
Arbitration Costs in India
Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM)
If you are planning to arbitrate a dispute with the IIAM, here’s what you need to know:
- Filing fee is $1000 for international arbitration
- Filing of application $250
- Arbitration fees depend on the amount in dispute
- Administrative fees depend on the amount in dispute
Arbitration Costs in Singapore
Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC)
SIAC is a world-leading center of arbitration and probably the most successful one for international disputes. If you’re going to arbitration with them, you should expect the following fees, or calculate your own costs with the SIAC fees calculator.
- Filing fee is 2000 SGD
- At least 3800 SGD in admin fees depending on the amount in dispute
- At least 6250 SGD in arb fees depending on the amount in dispute
- Appointment fee is 3000 SGD for one arbitrator, 4000 SGD for two, 5000 SGD for three.
Arbitration Costs in Turkey
Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Mediation Center (ITOTAM)
This is Turkey’s leading arbitration center under the Chamber of Commerce in Istanbul. All fees of arbitration with ITOTAM are based on the amount in dispute include the registration fee, administrative fees, and arbitrators’ fees.
You should expect to pay at least 400 TL as a registration fee and 6500 TL as one arbitrator’s fees. 1 TL= 0.11 USD
Arbitration Costs in Australia and New Zealand
Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
The ACICA is another arbitration center that charges depending on your claim’s amount, but it has a fixed registration fee of $2500.
Administrative fees depend on the amount in dispute with the maximum fee amount equaling to $80,000.
Arbitrators’ and mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (NZDRC)
The NZDRC offers a fixed fee arbitration for claims under 50,000NZ$ and which involve less than three issues. 1 NZD = 0.72 USD
If you’re interested in arbitrating in New Zealand’s DRC, you can calculate your fees on their website to get an estimate of your costs.
New Zealand International Arbitration center
NZIAC charges the following fees for their services:
- A registration fee of 2000 nzd for one arbitrator or 3000 nzd for more
- Administrative fees of at least 1250 NZD depending on the amount in dispute
- Arbitration fees are fixed for amounts less than 100,000 NZD of at least 3500 NZD and 15,000 maximum.
- Arbitration fees for amounts that exceed 100,000 NZD are set by the arbitrators and they are at least 30,000 NZD.
- Security for arbitral tribunal fees of at least 10000 NZD for one arbitrator and 25000 for three or more.
Arbitration Costs in Scandinavian Countries
Arbitration Institution of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (AISCC)
One of the oldest arbitration centers in the world, the AISCC has been solving disputes since 1917.
If you’re planning to go into arbitration with the AISCC, you might want to calculate your costs before.
Oslo Chamber of Commerce
1NOK= 0.12 USD
Arbitration fees of OCC depend on the amount in dispute, you should expect to pay at least 10,000 NOK including 4 hours of the procedure. Moreover, arbitrators’ fees are at least 12,000 NOK and arbitration is billed hourly at a rate of 1150 NOK/hour.
The Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI)
A leading ADR center in Finland and Northern Europe, FAI’s fees are straightforwardly detailed on their website. To file a dispute with FAI, you must pay a filing fee of €3000+ VAT.
Here’s what you should expect to pay if your claim equals €10,000.
You can also calculate your expenses using the FAI’s fees calculator.