Conflict Resolution|International|Mediation

Update on UNCITRAL Proceedings

Prof. Stacie Strong of the University of Missouri sends this notice:

As some of you may know, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has been holding its forty-seventh session in New York these last two weeks.  During the meeting, the U.S. Department of State presented a proposal (click here) suggesting that UNCITRAL Working Group II begin work on a convention on the enforcement of settlement agreements that arise out of conciliation/mediation and that involve international commercial disputes.  The Commission decided to have the Working Group consider the proposal at its spring 2015 session and report back to the forty-eighth session of the Commission regarding the feasibility of the project and what form any instrument should take.

The U.S. Department of State will be holding a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) on July 31, 2014, to discuss this project.  Interested parties may attend in person or by conference call.  More details about the ACPIL meeting, including details on how to RSVP, can be found in the Federal Register notice (click here).

The State Department is keen to hear from various stakeholders, so I encourage you to join into the conversation.

Deborah Masucci, Chair of IMI, has also reported on these proceedings and encouraged the ADR community to monitor them or engage itself.

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