History and structure of the DIS
The German Institution for Arbitration (DIS) is the most important organisation for arbitration in Germany. It was established on 1 January 1992 as a result of the merger of the German Arbitration Committee and the German Arbitration Institute. The DIS is closely linked to the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce, and the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, which are members of the DIS and refer to the DIS Arbitration Rules as the basis for their arbitration proceedings in general.
The primary goal of the DIS is to promote arbitration and, in a wider sense, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as well as to support all arbitration-related matters across Germany. Therefore, the DIS offers arbitration as well as mediation and conciliation rules, and rules for conflict management, adjudication and expert opinion; administrates and facilitates arbitration as well as mediation and conciliation proceedings; offers arbitration-related services; organises conferences, seminars and other events related to arbitration (eg, the Petersberger Schiedstage or the Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel lectures) annually; and supports the publication of literature, court decisions and articles referring to arbitration or ADR.
The DIS is a registered association with its seat in Berlin. Since December 2018, its main secretariat is located in Bonn. The management of the association is conducted by the secretariat, headed by its secretary general, Dr Francesca Mazza.
The DIS is also governed by a board of directors, consisting of 18 members. An advisory board, consisting of 20 members, assists the board of directors.
The DIS has approximately 1,400 members from Germany and abroad. A frequently updated list of all members is available online at the DIS website (see www.disarb.org). The membership-related benefits include free and unrestricted access to the full text version of the online database on arbitration-related German court decisions, an online directory of all members with an opportunity for the members to include their curriculum vitae and subscription of the German Arbitration Journal.
In 2017, 160 new arbitration cases were administered by the DIS. In previous years, on average, 130 cases per year were filed under the DIS Arbitration Rules and processed as well as managed by the DIS. The amount in dispute ranged from €2,000 to €2 billion. In 2017, 44 per cent of the arbitration cases included foreign parties from, for example, China, Europe, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and the United States.