Organisation & Structure

The AMCC's operates under a three-tier structure comprising the Company, the ADR Court and the Secretariat.

The Company
A not-for-profit company constituted by members and limited by guarantee under the laws of Barbados, the AMCC is overseen by a Board of Directors, made up largely of prominent Barbados, Caribbean and international ADR, legal and commercial professionals. The Board's primary duties include  appointments to the AMCC ADR Court, the operation and development of AMCC's business and its compliance with applicable laws. 

The ADR Court
The AMCC ADR Court is the final authority for the proper application of the AMCC rules. The Court constitutes both members, and representatives of associated institutions, and its principal functions include the appointment of tribunals, determining challenges, and controlling costs. 

The Secretariat
Headquartered in Bridgetown, Barbados, the AMCC Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of all disputes referred to the institution, not limited only to arbitration and mediation, but offering a suite of ADR services under its own rules. The Secretariat also administers UNCITRAL cases, as an appointing authority, and offers a fundholding facility ad-hoc proceedings. 

For more information about the Board of Directors and the Executive Team, and details of AMCC Membership, please click the links below. 


Why Barbados?

Barbados is an independent and neutral third-country forum and a signatory to the 1958 New York Convention (on enforcement of arbitration awards). With its modern international Commercial Arbitration Act, 2007, based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, the jurisdiction offers an open economy and business environment with excellent legal and technological expertise, a strong tradition of the rule of law, supported by a world-class legislative framework and highly skilled judiciary. Parties have freedom of choice of counsel in arbitration proceedings regardless of nationality, with no restriction on foreign law firms engaging in and advising on arbitration in Barbados and non–residents do not require work permits to carry out arbitration services in Barbados. Add to this an an enviable and easily accessible location in the Caribbean, excellent facilities and services to support the conduct ADR, and cost effective and efficient professional services, and the choice is an easy one.