The Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF) is a local, non-political, civil society organisation duly-registered in 2004 with the Ministry of Interior in Cambodia. ACF was established to provide technical and managerial services for the Arbitration Council (AC). The ACF is under the governance of Board of Directors.

Originally, the ILO provided technical support to the AC. To ensure the institutional sustainability of the Council, ACF was established in 2004 and, in 2006, ACF resumed all technical support and other responsibilities.

The staff cannot provide the public with legal advice or opinion about the merits of the case; interpret the meaning of arbitral awards; comment on any decision issued by the AC; recommend a particular enterprise, union or person to represent you, or undertake researches for you.


“Better industrial relations and an effective labour dispute resolution system.”


The Missions of the Foundation are as follows:

a. To support and facilitate the work and activities of the Arbitration Council;
b. To enhance the independence, reliability and efficiency of the Arbitration Council’s work; and
c. To develop individuals and institutions to resolve labor disputes.

Neither the Foundation, its Board of Directors nor any employee of the Foundation shall have any right to influence the outcome of a case before the Arbitration Council.


ACF shares the same core value as the AC as follows:

Independence: The Arbitration Council functions independently of any outside interference.

Transparency: Legal reasoning and basis for the Council’s decisions are clearly explained in published awards, which are available in print and online.

Predictability: Arbitrators adhere to guidelines to maintain consistent legal decision making.

Responsiveness: Case hearings are held and decisions issued within 15 working days.

Integrity: The Arbitration Council has adopted a code of professional conduct to regulate its own standards.

Equity: Parties select their own representative arbitrators, participating in a process that enables them to voice their opinions and impact their work and lives.

Stakeholder Participation: Regular forums are organized for representatives of workers, employers, government and other stakeholders to discuss issues with the Council.