Amicus Briefs

ISDA's amicus program is another important way that we fulfill our commitment to advocacy on behalf of the industry. ISDA files amicus briefs, known as “friend of the court” briefs, in court cases around the world that raise important policy issues that impact the over the counter derivatives market and market participants.

Because of ISDA's role in the development of derivatives markets, ISDA is uniquely well positioned to address issues of general importance to the industry. For example, ISDA has filed numerous briefs addressing the interpretation of the safe harbor provisions in the Bankruptcy Code as well as defending ISDA documentation provisions.

ISDA’s amicus program continues to actively monitor litigations that may impact the OTC derivatives market or market participants and we welcome member suggestions for possible participation in cases.