The following tool shows the timing of a standard international arbitration procedure, automatically estimating the dates of procedural steps on the basis of the date when a Request for Arbitration is filed. ICC arbitration procedure has been used as the frame of reference, but a similar procedure is followed before other leading international arbitration institutions.
Certain variables have a serious impact on the timing of a standard international arbitration procedure, as can be seen by modifying variables below. After selecting the date of the Request for Arbitration, which initiates the dispute, users can (1) see the impact of a counterclaim being submitted on the procedural schedule, (2) see the impact to the schedule when an international arbitration procedure is bifurcated into a jurisdictional and merits phase (which is common, although other forms of bifurcation are also common), can (3) vary the time allotted to both parties by the arbitral tribunal to provide their initial and reply memorials, and they may also (4) vary the time it takes for an Arbitral Tribunal to render an award, which varies significantly depending on who is selected as arbitrator.
While the procedural timeline generated below is quite standard, it relies on a number of assumptions that will vary in each arbitration, since international arbitration procedure is highly flexible. The initial procedural schedule typically changes one or more times over the course of an arbitration, and international arbitration proceedings can become far more complex than the standard procedure below. That said, if you are wondering how long it takes to resolve a dispute by international arbitration, and you would like to see the potential timing of procedural steps, you can find a robust estimate below.