Answer ... (a) Procedure, including evidence?
Pursuant to Article 816-bis of the CCP, the parties are free to determine the procedural rules that are applicable to the arbitration, including by reference to institutional rules. Failing an agreement by the parties, and for all matters not specifically agreed by them, the arbitrators shall proceed in the manner that they deem most suitable.
The same principles apply in relation to evidence. Specifically, the arbitrators cannot compel a witness to appear before them, but can apply to the court for a compelling order.
The arbitrators are also allowed to appoint experts and to seek information from public authorities.
(b) Interim relief?
Article 818 of the CCP expressly prevents arbitrators from granting freezing orders or other interim measures, except where expressly provided for by law. In corporate arbitrations, arbitrators may stay the effects of a resolution.
(c) Parties which do not comply with its orders?
Generally speaking, an arbitrator does not have coercive powers against the parties. However, failure by a party to comply with procedural orders or directions may result in adverse inferences (if related to evidence) or adverse cost consequences.
(d) Issuing partial final awards?
There are no specific rules concerning partial awards; thus, the arbitrators are free to issue partial awards if they deem this suitable.
(e) The remedies it can grant in a final award?
Provided that the matter is arbitrable, the arbitrators may grant any remedy provided for by law.
Again, provided that the matter is arbitrable, the arbitrators may award interest in accordance with the law.