(https://www.faba-law.org) 6 June 2019, Relatively to the international commercial chambers of Paris:
The international commercial chambers of Paris (commercial court and court of appeal) settle international disputes with a double degree of jurisdiction; the production of documents and testimonies can be in English, the decision is in French and in English.
In relation to international arbitration:
– double degree of jurisdiction ;
– almost free of charge;
– judges and place of jurisdiction not chosen by the parties;
– similar duration;
– collaboration between magistrates / lawyers; cross-examination;
– public procedure and decisions but possible confidentiality of proceedings in chambers of counsel at the commercial court, and possible confidentiality with « trade secret » legislation;
– note: advantage of the arbitration versus commercial courts : arbitral awards are in principle better enforced in the United States than decisions of European state courts (exequatur);
(Can you have a litigation in France ? : https://roquefeuil.avocat.fr/litige-fournisseur-internet/)
(For your IT contracts having French interests, read also : https://roquefeuil.avocat.fr/avocat-droit-informatique-paris-contrats/)
Case law :
“The parties agree to submit all disputes arising from their contractual relations, including disputes relating to the performance, interpretation, validity or termination of such relations, as well as their disputes relating to liability arising from a breach of competition law, to the jurisdiction of the International Chamber of the Paris Commercial Court at first instance and to the International Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal on appeal. The parties irrevocably agree on the protocols governing the manner in which cases will be examined and adjudicated before these chambers.”
For injunctions and interim measures read also : https://roquefeuil.avocat.fr/la-nouvelle-procedure-dinjonction-de-payer-lavis-de-lavocat-en-droit-informatique/
International arbitration is often presented as being a more fair and more expeditive and confidential way of settlement of disputes, and the parties having the choice to choose the place of jurisdiction and the applicable law (a national law may however include rules that designate a foreign law).
But an arbitration introduces serious hazard in the applicable processual rules, and an arbitration clause should seriously envisage to provide rules as regards interim measures, exequatur, appeal, choice of the arbiters, cost of arbitration, conditions of support by the state jurisdictions.
As a matter of fact, arbitration is not only ruled by the arbitration rules of the choosen body, but also by the processual national rules where the said body stands.
For a thorough update of the applicable French law (May, 2022) :