Saturday, June 21, 2014

Opportunity to Observe UNCITRAL Session

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has been granted observer status at the forty-seventh session of UNCITRAL, which will be held July 7-18, 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The session will open on Monday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to run until Friday, July 18.  Topics under consideration include a draft convention on transparency in investment arbitration and a possible new convention on international commercial mediation. 

ASIL is able to send several representatives to the meeting, and inquires are being coordinated by the Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG).  If you are interested in attending this session as an observer, please contact PILIG Co-Chair Professor S.I. Strong at the University of Missouri Law School no later than close of business on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  Please include a copy of a recent c.v./resume and a brief (one-paragraph) summary describing which of the agenda issues are of interest to you and how your expertise may be relevant.  

Anyone seeking to attend the UNCITRAL meeting as an ASIL observer must be a member of ASIL and the PILIG. If you are already a member of ASIL, you may join the PILIG free of charge.  If you are not yet a member of ASIL, there are special rates for students, new professionals, and government/NGO/IO employees.  Students and faculty at ASIL Academic Partners get 50% off membership.  Member benefits and pricing are at here.  

In the future, the PILIG hopes to be able to extend the opportunity to attend UNCITRAL meetings as an observer to law students.  If you join the PILIG, you will be sure to receive the notifications, both for yourself and your student.

Please note that any individual selected to attend this event bears full responsibility for travel and other costs associated with participation.  PILIG and ASIL cannot provide any funding assistance.  

Furthermore, anyone who attends the UNCITRAL session on behalf of ASIL/PILIG is required to write a brief summary of their experiences.  Attendees are also required to abide by ASIL’s rules of participation.  Please note that according to ASIL’s Constitution and reflecting its diverse membership, ASIL does not normally advocate positions on matters of policy.  Accordingly, ASIL designees may not undertake any advocacy or otherwise advance substantive positions on behalf of ASIL at the conference.

A note containing the provisional agenda of the session with annotations is available here Information about UNCITRAL rules of procedures and methods of work is available here.

Although opportunities are limited for this particular meeting, the PILIG hopes to make similar offerings available in the future so as to help increase participation in and understanding of international law processes.  

 (cgb)

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