Who We Are
FICA, the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration is a non-profit non-governmental organisation committed to the advancement of national and trans-national dispute resolution.
Following its founding by Ben Beaumont in 1996 FICA was in 2002 granted Observer status to attend all six UNCITRAL working groups. FICA now actively participates in various Working Groups of UNCITRAL, on topics such as enforcement of international mediated settlement agreements and the investor-state dispute settlement system.
FICA offers opportunities for networking with a wider dispute resolution community, access to information about UNCITRAL and its work, and opportunities to learn more about current events and issues in ISDS and all aspects of ADR including Mediation and Adjudication. As a leading think-tank on all matters affecting international dispute resolution in all its forms, FICA encourages qualified and interested individuals to apply and become a part of FICA. Join us.
To exist as an international ‘think-tank’ for the development of creative means for the resolution of national and transnational disputes.
To provide a forum for the exchange and advancement of ideas relating to dispute resolution.
To provide the tools nations require to bring or defend legal actions under international investment treaties and in international disputes.
To assist nations in developing their own skills to bring or defend legal actions under international investment treaties and in international disputes.
In Memoriam Ben Beaumont 27 September 1940 – 27 February 2023 It is with deep regret and sadness that FICA announces the passing of its founder and long-time chair, Ben... Read More
Call for Chapter Proposals for Forthcoming Book on Expedited International Arbitration FICA members Dr Alan M. Anderson and Dr Herman Verbist are co-editors for a forthcoming book, expected to be... Read More
The Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to provide training in Investment law and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)... Read More
On 18 June FICA (Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration) and the European Law Institute (ELI), held a Virtual Roundtable to discuss the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements... Read More
FICA (Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration) and the European Law Institute, will be undertaking a Virtual Roundtable on 18 June 2021 at 11:00 – 13:00 CET Vienna time (17:00... Read More
Matthew Finn of FICA has recently published an article in IBA Construction Law International (‘CLInt’) Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1 – March 2021 on: “Remaining the dispute resolution epicentre: is... Read More
FICA member Professor Petra Butler has edited International Commercial Contracts published by Oxford University Press. It is available to purchase from 10 July 2021 and can be ordered from Oxford... Read More
FICA would like to warmly welcome our new intern Mr Arush Agarwal who commenced his internship in November 2020. Mr Agarwal is a 4th-year law student pursuing his degree from... Read More
FICA members Alan M. Anderson and Ben Beaumont have co-edited a new book addressing possible reforms to the investor-State Dispute settlement system. The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Reform, Replace or... Read More
It is with great pleasure that we announce that one of the DABs of Swiss Federal Road Authority (FEDRO) projects at – Jonction Aeroport Grand Saconnex (JAG), 3-member board has... Read More
Ben Beaumont and Matthew Finn of FICA recently were involved in the working group looking at Policy Lessons from Catastrophic Events by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of... Read More
Representatives of FICA attended the 70th session of UNCITRAL Working Group II in Vienna from 23-27 September 2019. Constantin Eschlböck, Timothy Lemay, Herman Verbist, and Vincent Reynaud participated as FICA’s... Read More
The FICA Task Force has issued its Report on Issues Related to Expedited Arbitration. This Report addresses various issues being considered in UNCITRAL Working Group II in connection with proposed amendments to the... Read More
Sir Michael Burton, QC, the President of the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA), has been appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British... Read More
On December 20, 2018, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the new “United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation” that was the culmination of over... Read More