Section 1 - Jurisdiction by Law
- Tribunals appointed are composed of three members, two judges of the highest Bahraini jurisdictions and the third member chosen from the BCDR-AAA's roster of neutrals.
- Judgements rendered by (Section 1) tribunals are considered as final judgments issued by the courts of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
- Judgements are not appealable and the only recourse available is annulment under limited grounds of challenge before the Bahraini Court of Cassation.
- Foreign lawyers may represent parties in Jurisdiction by Law (Section 1) cases if they have a joint power of attorney with a Bahraini lawyer authorized to practice before the Bahrain Cassation Court.
Enforcement of (Section 1) Judgements:
In December 2012, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that a $25 million judgment from the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution was equivalent to a court judgment in Bahrain and was enforceable in the State of New York as a foreign judgment.
Statistics (as of December 2014):
125 cases filed with the total value of claims exceeding US$ 2.3 Billion.
- Of those cases 26.4% were awarded/settled within 6 months;
- 36% were awarded/settled within 6-12 months;
- 13.6% were awarded/settled within 12-18 months;
- 5.8% were awarded/settled within 18-24 months;
- 1.6% were awarded/settled after 24 months; and
- 16.6% are ongoing.
Section 2 - Jurisdiction by Party Agreement
- Arbitration and Mediation Rules are based on the American Arbitration Association's International Dispute Resolution Procedures, which follow international standards and best practices.
- Free Arbitration Zone: Under Article (25) of Bahraini Legislative Decree No. (30) for 2009, parties to an arbitration seated in Bahrain and governed by a law other than Bahrain law may choose to exclude the Bahrain courts from hearing annulment challenges to the arbitral award.
- Foreign lawyers may represent parties in BCDR-AAA arbitration and mediation cases.