Screening of a Request and RegistrationAs soon as a party has filed a request for arbitration in respect of an existing dispute with the prescribed lodging fee, ICSID sends the request to the other party and determines whether it can be registered. This process is outlined in
Article 4 of the Arbitration (Additional Facility) Rules.The Secretary-General of ICSID will register the request if satisfied that all the requirements set forth in
Articles 2 and 3 of the Arbitration (Additional Facility) Rules have been met. This determination is made on the basis of the information contained in the request. A prior approval of access to the Additional Facility is required (Article 3(1)(c) of the Arbitration (Additional Facility) Rules).The decision to register the request is without prejudice to the powers of the Tribunal with regard to jurisdiction, competence and the merits (Article 5(d) of the Arbitration (Additional Facility) Rules).The notice of registration is sent to the parties and basic
case details are posted on ICSID’s website. All significant steps in the proceeding are subsequently recorded under “Procedural Details” of that case.The parties are invited to inform ICSID of any agreement as to the
number of arbitrators and the method of their appointment and to constitute a Tribunal as soon as possible. The date of registration triggers time limits for agreeing on a
method to constitute the Tribunal (60 days) and to
appoint the members of a Tribunal (90 days).The screening process for the application for access and request for arbitration, cumulatively, takes on average three weeks.