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Code of ethics

Art. 1

  1. An arbitrator is obliged to comply with generally accepted moral norms and to perform his functions with dignity.
  2. An arbitrator is obliged to perform his functions in person, pursuant to the provisions of law in force, with the utmost diligence, integrity and according to his best knowledge and will.

Art. 2

  1. An arbitrator is obliged to perform his functions impartially.
  2. An arbitrator should not participate in settling a dispute, where he retained or still retains such a relation with a party to the proceedings or his attorney-in-fact which could give rise to doubts as to his impartiality. This particularly concerns situations where an arbitrator has rendered services for the benefit of a party to the proceedings, either personally, as an associate or a consultant.
  3. An arbitrator should recuse himself from the proceedings in the event that all parties to the proceedings submit or support a motion for his recusal.

Art. 3

  1. An arbitrator decides on the basis of the law in force and his own conviction and must not allow for situations of his submission as to the method of settling a dispute or his dependence on the parties to the proceedings.

Art. 4

  1. An arbitrator must not engage in self-promotion; particularly, he must not take advantage of his function to carry out any economic activity.
  2. Any verbal, graphic or audiovisual announcement promoting the arbitrator’s services shall be deemed a violation of the prohibition on self-promotion.
  3. Announcements including an element of encouragement, inducement, puff, promise, guarantee of effectiveness, comparison or any other valuating elements are inadmissible.

Art. 5

  1. An arbitrator should not disclose any information deemed confidential pursuant to the law in force that becomes known to him in the course of performing his function. It is particularly inadmissible to disclose the content of the award before it is served upon the parties.
  2. An arbitrator may not take advantage – for his own benefit or the benefit of a third party – of any information that becomes known to him in the course of or in connection with the proceedings and disclose such information for the purposes irrelevant to the proceedings, also after the proceedings have been closed.

Art. 6

  1. An arbitrator performing his function exercises the freedom of speech and writing within the limits of the law and justified needs.

Art. 7

  1. An arbitrator is obliged to avoid publicly demonstrating his attitude towards the parties to the proceedings, arbitrators and other participants in the proceedings.
  2. An arbitrator may not openly assess his own or other arbitrators’ participation in the proceedings conducted.
  3. An arbitrator shall take care that his behaviour does not infringe the dignity of participants in the proceedings.
  4. In the event of improper behaviour of the participants in the proceedings, an arbitrator shall demonstrate self-control and tact.

Art. 8

  1. In the absence of significant reasons, an arbitrator must not refrain from settling disputes and performing his duties.
  2. An arbitrator should conduct the proceedings conscientiously and effectively, fairly assess the case and bring the proceedings to an end as soon as possible, however, not later than within the time limit set forth in the “Rules of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw”.
  3. An arbitrator is bound to submit a fair calculation of the expenses made in the course of proceedings and to respect the mandatory rules in effect at the Arbitration Court.

Art. 9

  1. An arbitrator should systematically develop his qualifications and the expertise required to duly perform the function of an arbitrator.

Art. 10

  1. A violation of the “Code of Ethics for Arbitrators of the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce” may be deemed a grave infringement of arbitrator’s duties, which – in accordance with section 2 of §6 of the “Rules of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce” – provides a ground for removing an arbitrator from the “List of Arbitrators – Chairmen of the Arbitral Tribunals” and the “List of mediators”.