United Nations and UNCITRAL Approve New Convention and Amended Model Law to Facilitate Mediation to Resolve International Disputes

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 three years of effort by UNCITRAL’s Working Group II.  In addition, at its sessions in June and July 2018, the full UNCITRAL Commission adopted amendments to the 2002 Model Law on Conciliation, which henceforth will be known as the “UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Mediation and International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, 2018”.

The Convention, which will be known as the “Singapore Convention on Mediation,” will be open for signature by all States in Singapore on 7 August 2019, and thereafter at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

FICA actively participated in all the sessions of Working Group II on this project, from its beginning in February 2015 until its conclusion at the 68th Session of Working Group II in February 2018. 

VIEW A REPORT ON THE 68TH SESSION OF WORKING GROUP II, THE ACTIONS OF THE UNCITRAL COMMISSION AND THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AS WELL AS THE TEXTS OF THE NEW CONVENTION AND AMENDED MODEL LAW, HERE.

Previous posts regarding Working Group II’s efforts on this project, as well as FICA’s involvement, are available on the “News” page.

FICA Announces New Managing Directors and President

FICA is pleased to announce that Sir Michael Burton, QC, Dr Rumiana Yotova, Dr Herman Verbist, and Dr Timothy Lemay have been appointed as managing directors.  Sir Michael Burton also has been appointed president of FICA.  Further information regarding these individuals may be found here.  They join Mr Ben Beaumont, Dr Alan Anderson, and Mr Constantin Eschlböck as managing directors.  Mr Beaumont continues as chair of FICA.  Ms Carol Ludington has resigned as a managing director.  A resolution of thanks for her service may be found here.

FICA participates in the 35th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III

FICA, a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) NGO Observer organization, participated the 35th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III from 23 through 27 April 2018 in New York City.

This was the second session of Working Group III’s consideration of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform. Further consideration of this topic by Working Group III is expected during the Working Group’s session in late October and early November 2018 in Vienna. FICA plans to again participate.

 

VIEW A REPORT ON THE 35TH SESSION OF WORKING GROUP III here.

FICA participates in the 34th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III

Several FICA members represented FICA, a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) NGO Observer organization, at the 34th session of UNCITRAL Working Grop III on 27 November through 1 December 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

This was the initial session of Working Group III’s consideration of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform. Further consideration of this topic by Working Group III is expected during the Working Group’s session during April 2018 in New York. FICA plans to again participate.

 

view a report on the 34th session of Working Group III here


 

FICA participates in recent sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II

FICA, a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) NGO Observer organization, was represented at, and participated in, recent sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II held during October 2017 in Vienna and February 2018 in New York.

These sessions focused on Working Group II’s continuing efforts regarding preparation of instruments on enforcement of international commercial settlement agreements resulting from conciliation. The February 2018 session marked completion of the Working Group's work regarding this topic, and both the Convention and Model Law developed by this Working Group were submitted to the UNCITRAL Commission for consideration at its July 2018 session.

VIEW A REPORT ON THE 67TH AND EARLIER SESSIONS OF WORKING GROUP II HERE.