Around 300 new arbitration cases
and more than 1000 expert appraisal cases
each year

About the Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board

The Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board offers dispute resolution in the field of building and construction in accordance with the General Conditions for the Provision of Works and Supplies within Building and Engineering of 10 December 1992 (AB 92), primarily in Denmark.

The Arbitration Board handles arbitration disputes in the building and construction sector, obtains expert opinion, issues expert decisions and facilitates conciliation and mediation.

Dispute resolution under the auspices of the Arbitration Board can be used by both parties to a contract if they have agreed to apply AB 92.

The Arbitration Board has 11 members, most of whom are appointed by key parties in the building and construction industry. The Arbitration Board lays down its own general tasks and strategies, in particular rules of procedure, but does not make rulings on specific disputes.

Decisions in disputes are made by arbitration tribunals set up in accordance with the 2010 Rules of Arbitration for disputes in building and construction. Such tribunals generally have three members, but in some cases five members are appointed. The proces can be conducted in English or other languages as the parties agree.

A presidium is attached to the Arbitration Board, consisting of a chair, a deputy chair and one other member, as well as 17 alternates, all of whom are either supreme court or high court judges. Furthermore, several professionals with expertise in building and construction are associated with the Board and may be appointed expert arbitrators in specific cases.

The Secretariat of the Arbitration Board is responsible for day-to-day administration, specific procedural tasks and the provision of information concerning proceedings and formal rules.

The Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board was established in its present form on 1 January 1973.

Welcome to the Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board

We hope that this website  will lead to transparency and clarity as regards the work, procedures, roles and costs of the Arbitration Board.

We wish to ensure that professionals such as lawyers and appraisal experts have easy access to frequently used information such as rules and regulations, and that non-professionals can gain better insight into the workings of the Arbitration Board.

Please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat if any questions.

Lene Ahlmann-Ohlsen
Executive Director



AB-18 introduces mediation and conciliation as part of the AB system.

The arbitration panel has offered mediation and conciliation since 2004. The interest in this type of conflict management has increased – in 2017, 15 cases were filed against 3 cases in 2016.

The difference between mediation and conciliation at The Danish arbitration Board is that the mediator assists the parties resolving the dispute themselves, where the process can help restore a distorted collaboration. The mediator can, for example, not guide the parties or make conciliation proposals. The conciliator, however, is not refused to come up with conciliation proposals.

The Arbitration Board has in recent years, in cooperation with the Mediation Institute, helped ensuring that more people with solid insight into the construction industry are trained as mediators and conciliators. The mediators are for example. lawyers or other lawyers, architects, engineers or other persons with a technical background. As conciliators, people with technical background, but also lawyers, are mostly used. It is also possible to combine more skills in choosing more mediators or conciliators.

The arbitration board emphasizes that the mediators used have good insight and experience in the construction industry.

The Arbitration Board and the Mediation Institute will work together to ensure that both mediators and brokers are further educated to create knowledge sharing and gathering information on the impact of these dispute resolution forms in the construction industry and in relation to general information.