The Secretary-General of ICSID is available to be designated as appointing authority in proceedings not conducted under the
ICSID Convention or the
ICSID Additional Facility Rules. This designation may be made by contract, law, treaty, or by agreement of the parties to the dispute.Request for AppointmentThe party requesting an appointment should file a request for appointment with ICSID.Contents of request: The request should include the following information and supporting documents:
Appointment Fee: The request shall be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of US$10,000 per requested appointment. This fee covers all disbursements and services rendered in making the appointment. The fee should be paid by wire transfer. Wire transfer instructions may be obtained by contacting the
ICSID Secretariat. The fee will be credited to the party's share of the administrative charge if ICSID administers the proceeding.Number of Copies: The request shall be accompanied by two hard copies for the Centre, and as many additional hard copies as there are opposing parties identified in the request. For example, in a proceeding with only one responding party, a total of 3 copies should be submitted. The request shall also include the same number of electronic devices containing copies of the request and its accompanying documents.Where to Send: Please submit the request in hard copy and electronically to the following addresses:
ICSIDsecretariat@worldbank.orgOnce the above information and fee are received, ICSID will transmit the request to the other party(ies) to the dispute.
Method of Appointment and Procedure
When acting as appointing authority, ICSID is not limited to making appointments from any list other than one provided by the applicable legal instrument. The selection will be based on the best available candidates who meet the criteria required by the parties and the applicable legal instrument. Appointments are completed expeditiously, recognizing the parties' wish to have an impartial and expert designee.If the instrument designating ICSID as appointing authority establishes a method for the appointment, or the parties to the dispute have reached an agreement on the method of appointment, ICSID will follow that method.If no agreement exists, the method of appointment may vary depending on the type of appointment requested.
Designating ICSID as Appointing AuthorityThe following is an example of a clause parties may use to designate the Secretary-General of ICSID as appointing authority: "The Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes shall serve as appointing authority for disputes arising out of or in relation to this [contract; law; treaty]."Parties wishing to entrust this role to ICSID are welcome to
contact the Centre if they have any questions about the process.