On 26 July 1979, the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (“CCBC”) created an arbitration commission, which became, afterwards, the Center for Arbitration and Mediation (“CAM-CCBC”), aiming at providing effective and agile means to resolve contract-related disputes.
In 1996, Brazil enacted a modern and functional arbitration law. The Brazilian Arbitration Act, Law 9.307 from 23 September 1996, provided the legal support necessary for parties and arbitrators. The law enforceable between Brazilian parties led to the growth of the use of arbitration clauses in different kinds of contracts.
In light of this situation, the CAM-CCBC renewed its arbitration Rules and included mediation proceedings in 1998. Both arbitration and mediation procedures were adapted to the legislation and aligned with the standards in effect at modern arbitration centers around the world.
Later on, CAM-CCBC’s governing bodies noticed the need to adapt its Rules to the demands of the worldwide community, including provisions that spoke directly to the international aspects of arbitration. Then, on 01 September 2011, the CAM-CCBC 2012 Rules (“Rules”) were approved, entering into force on 01 January 2012.
After that, the number of arbitrations submitted to CAM-CCBC arose remarkably, consolidating CAMCCBC’s position as the lead arbitration institution in Brazil.
Recently, in 2015, the Brazilian Arbitration Act was modernized furthering the incentives for arbitration. Mediation is also going through the same phenomenon: a new Brazilian Mediation Act was enacted and the CAM-CCBC Mediation Rules were updated in 2016, which led the number of mediation proceedings submitted to CAM-CCBC to increase significantly.