ICCA Masters Series: Interview to commemorate ICCA's 50th anniversary (2011) 

A word from Piet Sanders about ICCA membership

"I have been at ICCA since the beginning. I find it very gratifying to know that the 2012 ICCA Congress in Singapore delivered innovation in international arbitration, with wider geographic participation than ever before.

I am also very happy that ICCA has opened its doors to a younger and more diverse membership. I cordially invite you all to become general ICCA members.

As with my age, international arbitration and ICCA continues to grow beyond all expectations – arbitration is a healthy business!"

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Piet Sanders: Principal Drafter of the New York Convention

ICCA Masters Series:
Interview on Convention

Useful Links on the New York Convention

Committee II, Pieter Sanders, Roland Loewe, Eric Bergsten (L-R) at UNCITRAL, United Nations, New York, 14 April 1976 

For information about ordering Tijdschrift voor Arbitrage, visit the Kluwer website.

(Photo by Pieter Sanders, grandson.)


“1912-2012. A giant has left us, but in the fullness of time and having set an incomparable example of a life lived to the full, bequeathing profound substantive contributions to the international community, an enduring model of elegance and manners and infectious joy. He might not really have wanted a moment of silence, so let our spirits soar as we remember the happy man and his constant laughter and encouragement.” - Jan Paulsson


Message from ICCA President in celebration of Piet Sanders' 100th birthday

Professor Pieter Sanders has played a unique role in the development of the system of international commercial arbitration over a period of more than 65 years since World War II. The key role that he played as a principal drafter of the 1958 United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention”, a cornerstone of modern international arbitration practice) and his contribution to the development of other harmonizing instruments as special consultant to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law for the preparation of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 1976 is well-known to members of the arbitration community.

These remarkable achievements were strengthened by Professor Sanders’ founding of ICCA in 1961, which grew out of a series of meetings between Professor Sanders and fellow arbitration practitioners gathered in Geneva for the negotiations of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration.

ICCA has since grown to convene international arbitration congresses and conferences in all regions of the world and to publish authoritative dispute resolution publications, including the Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, the International Handbook of Commercial Arbitration (which was established in 1984 with Professor Sanders as its first General Editor), the ICCA Congress Series, and ICCA's 2011 “Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention” (with a Foreword by Professor Sanders) now available in multiple languages and distributed free of charge to judges worldwide.

ICCA marked its 50th Anniversary in 2011 with a special Conference in Geneva, celebrating a half century in which it has been devoted to the promotion and improvement of arbitration, conciliation and other forms of international commercial dispute resolution. At its 2012 Congress in Singapore, ICCA opened its membership to all and launched a series of new projects aimed at meeting its goals in the field of arbitration. During all these years, Professor Sanders has been an active member of the ICCA Council (the new Governing Board), including serving two terms as ICCA’s President between 1978 and 1986 and acting as General Editor of ICCA’s Yearbook and Handbook throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s. Through his 100th year, he has continued to advise ICCA Council members on ICCA policy and to provide inspiration for ICCA’s young practitioner’s grouping, Young ICCA, founded in 2010.

We are proud to honour Pieter Sanders on his 100th birthday, and to thank him for his years of service to ICCA.

Jan Paulsson

"Memories: Pieter Sanders -- Centenarian" by Albert Jan van den Berg

(Translation by Judy Freedberg)


"For Pieter Sanders' 100th Birthday" by Otto Sandrock

(Translation by Niuscha Bassiri)

From the ICCA Congress Series


From the Piet Sanders Archive


A special collection at Erasmus University: Piet Sanders - A Life with Art

Visitors to Rotterdam in September and October will be able to visit a special art exhibition curated by the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam celebrating Prof. Sanders: the art collector and patron of the arts. A small taste can be viewed here. The exhibition is open until 19 October.


A collection of personal letters to Piet Sanders

A new collection of personal letters has been collated by Judy Freedberg and Rosabel Goodman-Everard to mark Prof. Sanders' 100th birthday and is available for order via pietsanders100@gmail.com. Read Prof. Karl-Heinz Bockstiegel's contribution here.


"Herinneringen" (Recollections) - a memoir by Piet Sanders

2009 saw the release of Piet Sanders' memoirs, titled “Herinneringen” (Recollections or Memories). The book traces his long and varied life, from his youth in Schiedam (a suburb of Rotterdam), through the start of his legal career, his war-time experiences in a hostage-camp in the Netherlands, his participation in the reconstruction of the Netherlands after WWII and, of course, his contribution to the field of arbitration in the Netherlands and internationally. There are also chapters devoted to his activities in the fields of art and architecture, featuring the creation of his extensive modern art collection.

The book is dedicated to his wife, Ida, and was presented to the couple during a small ceremony on 13 June 2009. Inquires regarding the publication can made to SUN Publishers at: info@boomamsterdam.nl.