Welcome to Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre

Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) is the first international arbitration institution of the country. It is registered as a not-for-profit organization and commenced operations in April 2011 under a license from the Government. The International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC-B), Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), Dhaka are sponsors of BIAC. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private sector arm of The World Bank – with funds from UK Aid and European Union, had supported BIAC in the initial stages under a co-operation agreement. BIAC provides a neutral, efficient and reliable dispute resolution service in this emerging hub of South Asia’s industrial and commercial activity. BIAC introduced its Arbitration Rules in April 2012 and Mediation Rules in 2014 both of which have been updated in 2019. These Rules incorporate some of the leading developments in domestic and international arbitration, while conforming to the Bangladesh Arbitration Act 2001. BIAC is renowned for its first-rate, state-of-the-art arbitration facilities, experienced panel of independent arbitrators, list of mediators and excellence in serving its clients. Discover from these pages why businesses increasingly choose to arbitrate and mediate in BIAC.

Online Certificate course on ‘Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration’ will be held on 18 November 2020.

Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) is going to organise the first Online Certificate course on ‘Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration Jointly with Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) on 18 November 2020 via zoom.

For more information and assistance regarding the registration process, please contact Ms. Mahbuba Rahman Runa, General Manager, cell: 01716413842, email: mahbuba.runa@biac.org.bd; info@biac.org.bd; biac.org.bd@gmail.com

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Our office is open from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, from Sunday to Thursday, until 31 August 2020.
We will follow Government instructions regarding maintenance of hygiene and safety at our premises.
For any queries please feel free to contact us via email at info@biac.org.bd or biac.org.bd@gmail.com or by phone: +8802 5513 8092-93; Cell: 01716 482615 (Rubaiya Ehsan Karishma), 01710 427882 (Syed Shahidul Alam).
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BIAC Webinar on “Application of Force Majeure Clause: Should COVID 19 be included?”

BIAC Webinar on "Application of Force Majeure Clause: Should COVID 19 be included?"

Force majeure clauses are related to the common law doctrines of impossibility of performance and commercial impracticability. Experts define a ‘force majeure event’ as something that makes performance impossible or illegal. Under those clauses, COVID-19 may not be a force majeure event unless the project is in a locality that has ordered all non-essential businesses to cease operations. Force majeure clauses typically are construed narrowly so that performance will only be excused ‘if the event that caused the party’s non-performance is specifically identified.’ Most clauses contain a broad list of force majeure events such as, acts of God, war, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, terrorism, etc. But it is less common for a clause to expressly include events like epidemic, pandemic, or quarantine, which are more clearly COVID-19 related. If a clause includes one of those terms, that may support an argument that COVID-19 and related social distancing orders were intended to be potential force majeure events.Clauses typically require that the burden of proof lies with the party claiming to be affected by a force majeure event. In that case, the party claiming force majeure based on COVID-19 may need to provide additional information showing how the pandemic impacts its performance. This may be easier for some elements of the work than others. Supply chain disruptions, for example, are well-documented and may result in a delay of parts being delivered to a project site. But the same logic does not necessarily extend to project personnel, who may be able to continue performance subject to a government’s social distancing guidelines. In those circumstances, the affected party may need to explain why the guidelines cannot be implemented. If they cannot and a standstill is required, the affected party may need to provide regular updates on when work might resume and what, if any, return-to-work protocols may be required. Many governments have already issued return-to-work guidance that may be helpful in gauging when and how work can resume safely.In the circumstances, we would suggest rational application of Force majeure clause and even there is no Force majeure clause in the original contract, such clause may be inserted in the new settlement contracts in order to mitigate the huge bulk of ongoing disputes. Our thrust will also be to dispute resolution through ADR mechanism in all upcoming cases.We have a lineup of expert speakers who will address application of Force Majeure Clause in commercial contracts and opine from their own perspectives, should COVID­-19 be considered for such clause.

Posted by Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) on Sunday, July 26, 2020

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We are deeply saddened at the sudden demise of Mr Naren Das, Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division. Our condolences to his family on this bereavement. Mr Das was a well wisher of BIAC. His passing is an irreparable loss to the nation. Our prayers are to the Almighty to bless him and grant him eternal peace. Late Mr Das is seen (sitting 3rd from the left)with trainee officers including Senior Assistant Secretaries of the L&PA Division after distributing certificates among them on completion of a day long training course on Arbitration and Mediation organised by BIAC on 25 January 2020.

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Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC)

Unique Heights, 13th Floor, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka-1217

Contact Us: 01314-447490

E-mail: info@biac.org.bd, Website:www.biac.org.bd