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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).

The International Arbitration Commission will be organizing additional activities throughout next year, such as contributing to an arbitration session at the upcoming UIA Winter Seminar in Japan, a three-day international-arbitration training session with the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Douala, Cameroun, as well as a study tour of the ICC International Court of Arbitration with members of the Secretariat.

Our next Annual UIA Congress will be held in Toronto from October 27-31, 2017. We will provide you with all pertinent news through this website.

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