Who We Are

The Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) (“AIAC”) sits in one of Malaysia’s most iconic buildings, Bangunan Sulaiman. Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”).

As we step into a new day and age of dispute resolution, the Asian International Arbitration Centre (“AIAC” or “the Centre”) has taken up the baton of its predecessor, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”) and is set to broaden boundaries beyond the horizon and deliver the future. Behind the new AIAC brand, we are still the same organization with a proven track record for the provision of world-class institutional support as a neutral and independent venue for the conduct of domestic and international arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings. This new identity is a natural reflection of our ongoing commitment to the global ADR ecosystem and the stakeholders we serve as we remain dedicated to providing the best possible services and innovations in the industry, focusing on ADR, dispute avoidance and holistic dispute management.

Despite the change in identity, we take pride in remaining loyal to the 40 years of heritage we have built. In a fitting ensemble where modern innovation meets classic heritage, the AIAC sits in one of Malaysia’s most iconic historical buildings. The Centre was the first of its kind to be established under the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (“AALCO”), an international organization comprising 47-member states from across the region.

Formed pursuant to the host country agreement between Malaysia and AALCO, the AIAC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental international arbitral institution which has been accorded independence and certain privileges and immunities by the Government of Malaysia for the purposes of executing its functions as an independent, international organization. Given our mandate to serve the region and as an international organization, the Centre has now grown from strength to strength, becoming a niche ADR centre in the world, to take its rightful positioning as the AIAC.

The AIAC and the new branding identity it envisions signals our continued passion to spearhead an era of development and expansion, both for the Centre and the global ADR ecosystem. AIAC aspires to continue to be a provider of world-class institutional support as a neutral and independent venue for the conduct of domestic and international arbitration, and other ADR proceedings.

What We Do

With our eyes firmly set on delivering the future, part of our extensive blueprint includes our recent expansion into holistic dispute management and dispute avoidance. The Centre was the first in the world to adopt the UNCITRAL Rules for Arbitration as revised in 2013 and has its own set of procedural rules which governs the conduct of the entire arbitration proceedings from its commencement to its termination. As a testament to its front-line stance in paving the way for innovation in ADR, AIAC aims to expand its rules to cater to the growing demands of the global business community with the introduction of the AIAC Arbitration Rules, the AIAC i-Arbitration Rules, the AIAC Fast Track Rules and the AIAC Mediation Rules. These rules are kept under constant revision to ensure relevance with commercial practicalities and expectations. The Centre also publishes guides and circulars to facilitate the use of and understanding of its rules.

Apart from the provision of institutional support for domestic and international arbitrator and other ADR proceedings, AIAC offers hearing facilities and ancillary administrative services to tribunals operating ad hoc or under the auspices of another institution. The AIAC is also an official Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) alternative hearing centre. In its efforts in capacity building and disseminating information on ADR, the AIAC organizes various courses, training programmes and forums on the different avenues of ADR covering niche areas such as sports arbitration, domain name dispute resolution and Islamic finance to mould and shape the future of the ADR arena.