The 38th Session of UNCITRAL Working Group III – Side Event
Asian Academy of International Law
After being granted the observer status to UNCITRAL Working Group III, the Academy hosted its first side event at UNCITRAL in Vienna, represented by its Deputy Secretary General, Mr Adrian Lai, and its Advisor, Dr Jane Willems. In addressing the issue of setting up an advisory centre, Mr Lai drew the delegates’ attention to the set-up of the Academy and its commitment to providing capacity-building resources in investment law to stakeholders. The speakers, Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Dr Willems, shared their insightful views on an array of selected topics with regard to the investor-State dispute settlement reform, including the use of mediation in investor-State dispute settlement and the pros and cons of the appellate system for such disputes. The latest developments of some arbitral bodies particularly in the area of mediation were also explored.