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The International Arbitration Commission is comprised of lawyers practising in various jurisdictions who are engaged in international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration.

The Commission’s focus primarily centres on the development of international arbitration law and, in particular, new trends in arbitration law and practice.

The Commission also pays particular attention to the interaction of its subject matter with other areas of law, working in co-operation with other commissions to that end.

The Commission’s work is directed by a Steering Committee on which six members from different jurisdictions.

In addition to an annual programme at each UIA Congress, the International Arbitration Commission frequently organizes and participates in UIA seminars on international arbitration and related topics.


At the Budapest Congress (60th Annual UIA Congress), which was held from October 28 to November 1, 2016, our topic was Economic Sanctions and International Arbitration. Our session was divided into two parts. The first panel, moderated by Jane Willems, examined the sources of economic sanctions and the issues the players must take into consideration in an international arbitration in connection with the potential application of sanctions. The second panel, moderated by Anne-Carole Cremades, addressed additional topics on private international law, the potential application of economic sanctions by arbitrators and the enforcement of arbitral awards in situations where sanctions are involved. The presentations from the Budapest Congress are available under the section entitled “recent documents of the commission”.


Our most recent events outside the 60th Annual UIA Congress include the following:

- In partnership with the Ordre des Avocats du Sénégal, the Commission organised a one and a half day seminar on Arbitration in Senegal: International and African Perspectives (L’arbitrage au Sénégal: perspectives africaines et internationales) in Saly, Senegal (February 28 to March 1, 2014).


- In partnership with the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and with the cooperation with the Ordre des Avocats du Sénégal, the Commission organised a two and a half day international-arbitration training programme, based on a case study under the ICC Rules, using a workshop format, followed by a seminar on Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Africa (L’Exéquatur des sentences arbitrales en Afrique), in Dakar, Senegal (April 22-25, 2015).


- In partnership with the ICC International Court of Arbitration and OHADA, and with the support of the Ordre des Avocats de Côte d’Ivoire and the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage, the Commission was involved in the organization of a round table on the Reform of the OHADA Uniform Act on Arbitration and a conference on Ethics in Arbitration: what are the new challenges? (Regards croisés sur l’Acte uniforme OHADA relatif au droit de l’arbitrage and L’éthique de l’arbitrage: quels nouveaux delis?), which was followed by a one-day ICC/UIA international arbitration training programme based on an ICC case study, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (June 23-25, 2016).


- In partnership with the Ordre des Avocats du Sénégal, the Commission organised a one and a half day seminar on “Mining and oil and gas law: transactions and dispute resolution” (Le droit minier et pétrolier : Les opératons et le règlement des litiges), which covered regulatory aspects, the drafting of project documentation, project financing, environmental and human rights aspects, as well as dispute resolution through mediation, commercial and investment arbitration, in Dakar (16-17 February 2017); this seminar was preceded by the Dakar launch of the ICC Expedited Procedure, with the participation of members of our Commission (15 February 2017).


- In collaboration with the Bilbao Bar Association and with the support of the Civil and Mercantile Court of Arbitration (CIMA), the Commission organised a seminar on “International Arbitration, Current Perspectives” in Bilbao, Spain (23 and 24 June 2017), which addressed a broad range of issues, including maritime arbitration, interim measures and emergency arbitration proceedings, recognition and enforcement of awards, the structuring of investments to benefit from treaty protections, alternatives to ISDS in investment arbitration and the implications of BREXIT.


The next event of our Commission will be a seminar on “International Arbitration, Current Perspectives”, The International Arbitration Commission will be organizing additional activities over the next year, such as a three-day international arbitration training session with the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Douala, Cameroun and an arbitration panel at the next UIA Winter Seminar.

Our next Annual UIA Congress will be held in Toronto from October 27-31, 2017. We have organized a half-day session on “Investment arbitration: some fundamental issues and challenges”, with eminent experts in the field, which will be held on 29 October 2017 at 9:00. The Commission has also assisted with the organization of the Dispute Resolution panel in the main theme session on “Natural Resources, Business Law and Human Rights”, which will take place on 28 October 2017 at 9:00.

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