About us

Representing one of Europe’s leading arbitral institutions, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (“VIAC”) serves as a focal point for the settlement of commercial disputes in the regional and international community. It has greatly benefited from its traditional position in a neutral country between east and west. Founded in 1975 as a department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (“AFEC”), VIAC has in recent years enjoyed a steadily increasing caseload from a diverse range of parties spanning Europe, the Americas, and Asia. VIAC administers international cases involving at least one party with its place of business or normal residence outside of Austria or cases concerning disputes with an international character.

VIAC has administered over 1,600 proceedings since its inception and is thereby one of the most experienced arbitration centers in the region. The center benefits from a robust global network of leading arbitrators experienced in international arbitration under the Vienna Rules. Austria has adopted the UNICTRAL Model Law as its law of arbitration in 2006 with minor changes.

There are at least 7 reasons for choosing VIAC as the preferred institution to carry out your arbitration:

The Seven Best Reasons for Choosing VIAC as the Preferred Institution to carry out your arbitration

VIAC is comprised of the following bodies:

The Secretary General and its Deputy direct the activities of the Secretariat and perform the administrative activities of VIAC insofar as they are not reserved for the Board, including setting in motion the arbitral proceedings (prima facie scrutiny of a claim; its delivery to the respondent; the arbitrator’s contract; collection of the advance on costs) and determining the costs at the end of the proceedings, confirming the award and delivering it to the parties. The Secretariat also assists the parties and arbitrators where need be including in reservation of hearing facilities or other procedural aspects.

The Board currently consists of twelve members and a honorary member who are prominent members in the field of arbitration from various professions, including lawyers, academics and judges. The decision making powers relate mainly to appointment and challenges of arbitrators. The Board appoints one of its kind as President.


Make yourself familiar with the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and its procedures by reading Manfred Heider’s and Alice Fremuth-Wolf’s article published in the 5th edition of Arbitration World International Series. The authors present interesting facts about VIAC and its Rules and give a short and informative overview of subjects such as “Confidentiality”, “Model Clause”, Costs of Arbitration”, “Arbitrators” and “Arbitral Awards”.

In addition you may learn more about arbitration in Austria in DDr. Werner Melis' article "Arbitration in Austria".