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24 January 2020

UNCITRAL Working Group on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) continues work on reforms

VIENNA, 24 January (UN Information Service) - The UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III has made steady progress towards the reform of the current investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) system as it ends a week of work in Vienna.

More than 400 delegates representing 106 States, with some States participating in Working Group discussions for the first time and 66 international organizations and non-governmental organizations lending their insight and expertise to the group, deliberated on the introduction of an appeal mechanism to ensure correctness and consistency of decisions, the possibility of establishing a standing multilateral investment court with judges as well as new approaches in the selection and appointment of ISDS tribunals, to address concerns identified in the first two phases of the mandate. A report of this week's discussions will be available on the UNCITRAL website.

France, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Union continued to support the attendance of developing States.

The Working Group will reconvene in New York (30 March to 3 April 2020), to continue its work on ISDS reform.

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José Angelo  Estrella Faria  
Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch  
UNCITRAL Secretariat  
Email: joseangelo.estrella-faria[at]