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 International Trade Law & Dispute Resolution: UNCITRAL, the new Singapore Convention and beyond

International Trade Law & Dispute Resolution: UNCITRAL, the new Singapore Convention and beyond

Date & TimeTuesday 29 October 2019 5.30–7.30pm
Format Seminar





CPD Units 1.5
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV Conference Room, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Join internationally recognised trial lawyer and arbitrator Dr Alan M Anderson for an insider's perspective of the recently signed United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting From Mediation, better known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

Dr Anderson represented the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA) at the discussions and negotiations in UNCITRAL’s Working Groups II and III since 2015 and will present an informed analysis of the Convention and its future. He will also address proposed reforms to expedited arbitration rules and the investor-State dispute system.

Further details below.

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Beginning in February 2015, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II developed the recently signed Singapore Convention on enforcement of international mediated settlement agreements. Working Group II now has taken up preparation of rules for expedited arbitration proceedings for inclusion in UNCITRAL’s Model Rules for Arbitration. Over the past two years, Working Group III has engaged in contentious discussions regarding possible reforms to the investor-State dispute system.

    A representative and board member of the Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA), Dr Alan M. Anderson will provide an insider’s view on the work of Working Groups II and III.  Dr Anderson has attended and participated in the discussions and negotiations in these Working Groups since 2015. He will give insights into the Singapore Convention signed on 8 July 2019, and inform you of some of the issues and prospects for that convention’s future. 

    Dr Anderson will also address the ongoing discussions relating to expedited arbitration rules and the controversial topic of reform of the investor-State dispute system, and where those efforts appear headed.

    You will have an opportunity to bring questions to Dr Anderson during a Q&A session following his presentation. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

  • Presenter

    Alan M. Anderson is an internationally recognized trial lawyer and arbitrator with over thirty years of experience. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Alan has represented clients in a wide variety of industries. His arbitration experience includes proceedings conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.   

    In addition to maintaining his own firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alan is a door tenant with Littleton Chambers in London, England in its Arbitration Practice Group. He is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, and in 2016 was appointed to the Centre’s Council, on which he still serves. Since 2015, he has represented FICA at UNCITRAL Working Groups II and III at the United Nations.