Registration Open: International Arbitration in Rising Asia – Hong Kong, 17 October 2016

From ICC Asia:

ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC HK will collaborate to present a half-day conference on International Arbitration in Rising Asia during the HK Arbitration Week.

International arbitration has been increasingly adopted as the key dispute resolution mechanism in the rising economies in Asia. However, the understandings and practices may vary from one economy to the other. The objective of this conference is to share with the audience the latest insights of international arbitration in the rising economies in Asia, including Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, etc..

Details in the icc-program program.


International Dispute Resolution Masterclass in Beijing (24-28 Oct 2016)

From the Regional Centre:

The International Dispute Masterclass Beijing will be held on 24-28 October 2016.

The Masterclass will be co-organized by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP), the East Asia Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Beijing International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) and the International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA), with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) hosting the event. Designed for lawyers, arbitrators, executives and researchers who are involved and interested in international arbitration and cross-border dispute management and resolution, this five-day intensive masterclass programme will develop the understanding of participants in UNCITRAL texts on dispute settlement, focussing on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules.

The programme as well as details of registration for the Masterclass [are linked below]. For enquiries, please kindly contact Mr PAN Chenming at

Program: idr-masterclass-programme.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

From the Regional Centre:

The Asia Regional Conference 2016 of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) will be held on 14 October 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) is proud to be a supporting institution for the Conference. The Conference will include keynote debates, panels and discussions on keys topics in arbitration, including a speech on “the Legitimacy Function of UNCITRAL and How it Enables International Commercial Arbitration” to be delivered by Mr João Ribeiro, Head of the UNCITRAL RCAP.

The programme for the Conference [is below] for reference. For further information and registration, please visit ICC’s website at



UNCITRAL South Pacific Seminar: 20-21 September 2016, Port Moresby, PNG

From the Regional Centre:

The 2016 UNCITRAL South Pacific Seminar “Access to Justice for Better Trade in PSIDS” will be held on 20-21 September 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Please kindly find [below] an updated programme of the Seminar.

Hosted jointly with the Department of Justice and Attorney General of PNG, and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea, the Seminar will focus on major aspects of international commercial arbitration. In addition to arbitration law reform in the region, the Seminar will cover the conduct of arbitration proceedings, enforcement of arbitral awards and the organization of arbitration centres. The Seminar will also feature arbitration in specialist areas of construction and climate finance, which are of particular interest to Pacific Small-Island Developing States (PSIDS).

Legal professionals, businesses, government officials and judges, from PNG and around the region, are welcomed to attend.


CALL FOR APPLICANTS – UNLAWS: UNCCA Law-Student Attendance Working-Group Scheme

The UNCCA Law-Student Attendance Working-Group Scheme (UNLAWS) is an opportunity for a select number of law students to accompany Australian academics attending UNCITRAL Working Group meetings in Vienna or New York in 2017 and 2018. UNLAWS is an initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA).

The selection process for 2016 is complete. The 2016 participating students came from the Law Schools of:

  • Curtin University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong

About the UNCITRAL Working Groups

UNCITRAL is the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. A legal body with universal membership specialising in commercial law reform worldwide for over 40 years, UNCITRAL’s business is the modernisation and harmonisation of rules on international business.

The Commission has established six working groups to perform the substantive preparatory work on topics within the Commission’s programme of work. Each of the Working Groups is composed of all member States of the Commission. The Working Groups’ preparatory work includes, for example, preparing draft international conventions, model laws and uniform laws that relate to international business.


Participation in UNLAWS is open to all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (or associated dual program), Master of Laws or postgraduate law program at an Australian law school.

Students who are offered participation in the Scheme must fund all of their own costs (including airfares, accommodation, meals, travel insurance and incidentals).

Application Procedure – 2017/2018

Applications must be in writing and directed to the Convenor of the Scheme, Dr Alan Davidson of the University of Queensland. Please see below for further details of application requirements.

Students may indicate their preferences for up to three working groups. Decisions and offers of participation will be made by the UNCCA Board.

Application Deadline for 2017 New York Working Groups: 21 October 2016.

 Application dates for the Vienna Working Groups in 2017 will be released in early 2017.

UNCITRAL Working Group Dates

Working Group I: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
1-9 May 2017, New York
Tentative dates: 2-6 October 2017, Vienna

Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation
6-10 February 2017, New York
Tentative dates: 11-15 September 2017, Vienna

Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce
24-28 April 2017, New York
Tentative dates: 16-20 October 2017, Vienna

Working Group V: Insolvency Law
10-19 May 2017, New York
Tentative dates: 20-24 November 2017, Vienna

Working Group VI: Security Interests
13-17 February 2017, New York
Tentative dates: 11-15 December 2017, Vienna

Welfare and Safety

The welfare and safety of students involved is the responsibility of the individual participants. The success of the Scheme will depend upon a high standard of behaviour and courtesy being exhibited by participants.

UNCCA assumes no liability for any costs, expenses or liabilities arising from participation in the Scheme or attendance at a working group meeting. Successful participants will be required to have all appropriate passport, visa and travel insurance in place before leaving Australia.

Students receiving a position should make independent inquiries about the risks involved in overseas travel. This should include visiting Smartraveller for current information about risks overseas and how to prepare for overseas travel. Students should register with Smartraveller and subscribe to relevant travel advisories (


UNCCA’s mission is to promote Australia’s participation in UNCITRAL’s working groups and Australia’s involvement in the harmonisation of laws, to minimise transaction costs in international trade, as well as supporting developing nations in our region to participate in the expanding global economy through the adoption of uniform trade law texts of the type developed by UNCITRAL.

In 2012 the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) commissioned a report on strategic opportunities for increased participation by Australia in the work of UNCITRAL, in the development, adoption and implementation of uniform trade laws, both in Australia and in our region. UNCCA was established in 2014 as a result of consultations between Mr Tim Castle, the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Government and other stakeholders.

Expert members of UNCCA have been attending and contributing to the six Working Groups of UNCITRAL since 2013.


Applications should include the following:

  1. The applicant’s nomination of the working group or groups that the applicant wishes to attend (up to three preferences).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (1-5 pages).
  3. Statement of Interest (1-2 pages). Please clearly indicate any previous courses or experience which relate to the research area of the placement/s for which you are applying.
  4. No more than two references.
  5. Academic record.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a permanent member of the student’s law school, including other relevant details for consideration by UNCCA.

Applications should be directed to the Convenor of UNLAWS, Dr Alan Davidson of the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. Dr Davidson may be contacted at:, or on 07 3365 2294.


Join UNCITRAL at the 5th Asia Pacific ADR Conference

From the Regional Centre:

The 5th Asia Pacific ADR Conference scheduled for 12 – 13 October 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, is now open for registration at

This Asia Pacific ADR Conference is the 5th edition of the annual flagship event of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific on alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Jointly hosted with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea (MOJ), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDRC), the Conference this year will highlight various important aspects of international arbitration, including review and outlook of international arbitration, international arbitration in different jurisdictions, experts in arbitration, investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS), as well as arbitration in specialist fields such as intellectual property, financial transactions and also climate finance disputes. Prominent international speakers to be featured in the Conference include the President Alexis Mourre of ICC, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen SC of Hong Kong, China, and Justice Steven Chong of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

This is a valuable opportunity for experts, officials, researchers, scholars, and practitioners from the region and around the world to exchange insights and views on ADR.

We welcome you to the registration website for registration and further information on the Conference. For enquiries, please feel free to contact the secretariat of the Forum at email:

Registration Open: 4th International Arbitration Conference

The 4th International Arbitration Conference, exploring New Horizons in International Arbitration, co-hosted by ACICA, the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) will be held on 22 November 2016 during Sydney Arbitration Week (21 – 25 November 2016).

The conference will be followed by the CIArb Annual Gala Dinner at Sydney Towers.

Registration is now open. For more information, including the conference program, please refer to the Law Council’s website.