The Swiss Supreme Court recently held that the pre-arbitration procedure before the dispute adjudication board (DAB), as per Article 20 of the General Conditions of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) 1999, qualifies as a mandatory pre-arbitration step. However, such a mandatory step cannot be relied on in case of an excessive delay in the constitution of the DAB and if insisting on this duty would violate the principle of good faith.(1)
The Louis Prangey Award, the highest recognition for dedicated service to FIDIC, was named after the founding FIDIC President, Louis Prangey. The Louis Prangey Award was established to be presented to a person who has rendered significant service to the Federation and/or to the profession of independent consulting engineering, and who exemplifies the objectives of the Federation. The recipient is considered to be a role model for the consulting engineering industry.
The FIDIC Gala Dinner & FIDIC Awards Ceremony was held at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most glamorous hotels in South America. Six Outstanding Awards were presented as well as 20 Awards of Merit. Congratulations to all the 2014 award recipients!