TAB historia


On 15th February 1989, a few days after the enactment of la Ley 36/1988 de 5 de diciembre, de arbitraje [the Spanish Arbitration Act 1988], which first gave the green light to institutional arbitration, previously vetoed by the 1953 Act, the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona [Bar Association of Barcelona], the Cámara de Comercio Industria y Navegación de Barcelona [Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation], the Ilustre Colegio Notarial de Cataluña [Notarial Association of Catalonia] and the Consejo de los Ilustres Colegios de Abogados de Cataluña [Council of Bar Associations of Catalonia], founded the ASOCIACIÓN CATALANA PARA EL ARBITRAJE [Catalan Arbitration Association], open to other members, with the desire to endow the city of Barcelona with a prestigious body that would institutionally pool management of all arbitrations in civil and commercial matters.

Thus was born the TRIBUNAL ARBITRAL DE BARCELONA (TAB) [Barcelona Arbitration Court], pioneering and unique among its kind in that it brought together legal and business interests in a single institution.

The Decanato Autonómico de Registradores Mercantiles y de la Propiedad de Cataluña [Autonomous Decanate of Company and Property Registrars of Catalonia] joined in June 2009, and the Asociación Intercolegial de Colegios Profesionales de Cataluña [Intercollegiate Association of Professional Associations of Catalonia] was admitted as a full member of the Association in April 2012.

Since its establishment, and in compliance with the provisions of the Founding Act and its Rules, the Barcelona Arbitration Court has administered the arbitration proceedings the parties have undergone through arbitration agreement and has promoted arbitration culture by delivering presentations at various legal, business and university fora, organising courses on arbitration, editing specialised journals - the Butlletí until the year 1999 and the of Anuario de Justicia Alternativa [Alternative Justice Yearbook] from 2000 to date – and by representation at national and international conferences, among other activities.


  • Be a reference arbitration institution
  • Offer society a quality service with independent arbitrators
  • Ensure the prestige and impartiality of our referees
  • Promote, promote and disseminate the study and development of arbitration as an alternative system for conflict resolution


Members of the Catalan Association for Arbitration