General information

The cases brought before the Arbitration Board generally concern a dispute between professional parties in the industry. Professional arbitration involving a high-level legal arbitrator and technical arbitrators with expertise in the specific field the dispute concerns may be an attractive alternative to hearing in an ordinary court of law, both financially and in terms of time frames. If an agreement on arbitration has been reached with a consumer, the Danish Arbitration Act provides that the consumer is entitled to cancel the choice of arbitration.

Arbitration means that a dispute will be decided by private, independent experts. One objective is to ensure that the matter will be treated confidentially at a high professional level; another is a speedy process because procedures are more flexible and the arbitration award is final. There is thus no risk of having to spend more time and money on appeal cases. Since arbitration awards cannot be appealed, the information presented in the case as well as the legal and technical knowledge and expertise of the arbitration tribunal must be at the very highest level.

In the field of building and construction, arbitration often has the special advantage that several direct parties and third parties joined in the proceedings, ie contractors and subcontractors, can be involved in a single case.

It should be noted that the board is not allowed to provide information about past or present cases brought before the Arbitration Board, unless such information is already publicly available. The pictures used on this website have been selected purely because of their visual expression and do not indicate that the building or construction projects shown are or have been the subject of Arbitration Board cases.

Meeting facilities

At 2B Vesterbrogade, the Arbitration Board has meeting and conference rooms that can be hired for hearings in arbitration cases. The facilities include both large and small rooms, and water, coffee, tea and chocolate are served at meetings.

Conference Room 3 has room for many parties and up to five arbitrators, totalling about 40 people. Conference Room 8 is suitable for cases with three arbitrators and three or four parties, ie up to 20 people. In addition, the board has a number of small rooms suitable for small-scale hearings, pre-meetings, etc, including a waiting room for witnesses where there is coffee, internet access and a selection of magazines and journals.

Meetings and hearings may also be held elsewhere. Many cases are heard in good meeting facilities at hotels and conference centres in Jutland and on Funen.

Useful links

Some cases are heard outside the Arbitration Board framework, including some small-scale consumer cases and disputes which do not touch on building and construction projects. You can find further information at the following websites:

Courts of Denmark
www.domstol.dk

Danish Complaints Board for Building and Construction
www.byggerietsankenaevn.dk

Danish Complaints Board for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
www.hvranke.dk

Danish Complaints Board for Technical Installations
www.el-vvs-anke.dk

Danish Mediation Institute
www.mediationsinstituttet.com

Danish Institute of Arbitration
www.voldgiftsinstituttet.dk

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
www.iccwbo.org

International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
www.fidic.org