ICC Model Contracts for Start-ups

Entrepreneurs and their start-up ventures are drivers of today’s economy, entrepreneurs need to ensure their businesses start off with a strong legal foundation.  This package of foundational Model Contracts for Start-ups provides a set of balanced legal models that will save new companies time and legal costs when negotiating and drafting agreements with investors and employees.

The package of model documents includes:

  • Model Term Sheet,
  • Model Shareholders Agreement,
  • Model Directors Services/Management Agreement,
  • Model Employment Agreement,
  • Model Confidentiality Agreement and
  • a checklist of issues to consider related to assignment and transfer of intellectual property rights.

The models can be adapted to fit the particular circumstances of the transaction and will allow young businesses to engage legal counsel at a later stage in the process, to help finalize the contracts in accordance with local requirements, saving entrepreneurs precious time and money.

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International Standard Demand Guarantee Practice (ISDGP) for URDG 758

The International Standard Demand Guarantee Practice for URDG 758 (ISDGP) is the indispensable companion to the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees 758 (URDG). It represents international best practice in demand guarantees. It supplements, but does not amend, the URDG.

The 215 international standard practices in this publication have been collected through a decade of the application of the URDG. They record best practice in demand guarantees throughout the lifecycle of the guarantee: the drafting and issue of guarantees and counter-guarantees, presentations, examinations and payments, rejections and expiry, transfers and assignments, and more.

The ISDGP demonstrates how the principles and content of URDG 758 should be integrated into day-to-day demand guarantee practice, in all types of demand guarantees, international or domestic, in all sectors of trade and industry, regardless of when or where the guarantee or counter-guarantee is issued.

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ICC Handbook on Transport and the Incoterms(R) 2020 Rules

This new publication provides clarity and practical support to those in the transport sector working on transactions involving the Incoterms® rules. When goods need to be transported from a seller to a buyer, in most cases an independent carrier is involved.

This handbook has been developed to clarify multiple issues arising in the interrelation of contracts of carriage and the Incoterms® 2020 rules in contracts for the B2B sale of goods and help readers address the complex steps of today’s logistics chains. Covering each of the 11 rules and reflecting sales when the buyer contracts or arranges for carriage and when the seller does so.

The full text of the Incoterms® 2020 rules is also included in the book.

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Model International Sale Contract

International Sale Contract Manufactured Goods

This model contract has been updated to include reference to Incoterms® 2020. It provides a solution in presenting a set of clear and concise standard contractual conditions for the most basic international trade agreement.

The model contract is divided into two parts:

Specific Conditions & General Conditions

And you can adapt it according to your needs.

Invaluable tool for your sales and legal departments, your international branches, for professors and for students.

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Incoterms® and Commercial Contracts channel






The third channel “Incoterms® and Commercial Contracts” of the ICC Digital Library is now available, featuring:

11 Incoterms® rules

All previous versions of the Incoterms rules

4 Incoterms® publications (Guide’s etc.)

14 Model contracts including a fully editable version of each

ICC’s Guide to Export-Import

Drafting and Negotiating International Commercial Contracts

All of our International Business publications (Ethics and Compliance, Using Franchising to take your business International etc.)

Peer to peer discussion forum

ICC Australia and Australian Chamber members receive up to 20% discount off the annual Digital Library subscription fees.

ICC Digital Library

The ICC Digital Library delivers access to a wide range of reference materials from the world business organisation to promote innovative research and learning.


The Library is categorised into two channels – Dispute Resolution and Trade Finance – with a third, Incoterms® and Commercial Contracts, being released shortly.

The live channels contain hundreds of relevant reports, documents, articles, awards, news and more.

ICC Australia and Australian Chamber members receive up to 20% discount off the annual Digital Library subscription fees.

ICC Leniency Manual | Second edition

This is the second publication of the ICC Task Force on Cartels and Leniency and the fourth practical guide developed by the ICC Commission of Competition, this time, to assist business in the fight against cartels.

The leniency practices gathered in the second edition of the Manual span over 30 countries. It was presented at this year’s Pre-ICN Forum in New Delhi to benefit from consultation during the ICN.

The ICC Leniency Manual starts with an outline of the generic leniency application process then delves into the specific filing requirements in targeted countries. The countries are organized in chapters listed in alphabetical order for easy reference. Each chapter features a factsheet which includes a list of issues that the leniency applicant should think about when considering filing an application in a specific country together with a short description of leniency in that country. Furthermore, each chapter provides a colour-coded flowchart which aims to guide the user through each stage of a leniency application process from the very initial contact with the competition agency to its final decision.

A reference guide or aide-mémoire designed to explain the basic requirements under a generic leniency application is provided at the end of the manual and should be used as a companion to the flowcharts.

Business Guide to Trade and Investment | Volume One

This essential guide aims to help businesses easily navigate the intricate and ever-changing trade and investment landscape, and gain a deeper understanding of the world’s major trade pacts. Topics covered include:

Introduction to the world trading system, economic and political benefits of trade, structure and functioning of the WTO

Fundamental rules governing international trade

Customs issues including how customs authorities determine the amount of duties due on imports

Non-tariff barriers

WTO rules relating to subsidies

How industries can obtain relief from imports causing them harm

Rules applicable to trade in agricultural goods

Government procurement

Export Controls and Sanctions

Rules applicable to Trade in Services, IP rights

How disputes are settled in the WTO and regional trade agreements

ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin | Issue 3

Members can access the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, free-of-charge.

The latest issue includes commentary, reports, articles and book reviews.

To access the eBulletin, you must have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) installed on your computer.

Once you have downloaded ADE, you can access the Bulletin here.

All back issues of the Bulletin can be found in the ICC Dispute Resolution Library.

ICC Model Contract | Joint Venture

In complex transactions, international as well as national co-operation between companies require solid and balanced terms and conditions.  ICC has prepared this Joint Venture Model Contract for use by small, medium-sized or large companies in order to provide them with a unique, balanced platform that is fair to all parties.


The model allows for a solid decision-making process, a clear allocation of participation and provision of resources, the need for swift and effective dispute resolution, and the need for complete and informed allocation of risks.

It includes a USB key which contains the full text of the model and its annexes, permitting you to easily adapt the contract to your specific case.  If parties have no need to draw up a special contract of their own, they can use the entire model, which has been drafted to assure balance for both sides.

Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration

The amended ICC Rules of Arbitration entered into force on 1 March 2017. They include an ICC expedited procedure automatically applicable to cases with an amount in dispute below USD 2 million unless expressly excluded by the parties.

This Dossier XVI of the ICC Institute of World Business Law explores some of the ways and means to conduct proceedings in a reasonable time without jeopardising due process.  It also looks at the specific issue of summary judgement and the enforcement of such decisions. Looking back through history, the authors consider what we can learn from the past with a view to the future. The Dossier will help arbitrators, counsel and parties to properly address the challenge of reducing the duration and cost of arbitration proceedings.

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