On 28 September 2022, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a series of legislative decrees (the Reform) providing for an extensive reshaping of the civil justice system. The purpose of the Reform, in accordance with the Recovery Plan for Europe, was to simplify and increase the overall efficiency of the Italian legal system. Among the extensive amendments, of particular importance is the reform to the arbitration section of the Italian Code of Civil Procedure (ICCP).
In this respect, the Reform constitutes the first major change to the ICCP since 2006, when the Italian system was, for the first time, partially aligned with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on Commercial Arbitration. As will be shown in this insight, the convergence with the Model Law is now almost complete, the result being that Italy now has a more coherent, complete and modern arbitration law.