49th session on the Revisions to the UNCITRAL arbitration rules

As we have previously reported, the UNCITRAL Working Group II is considering proposed amendments to the UNCITRAL arbitration rules (see Legal updates, Discussions continue on proposed amendments to UNCITRAL rules and Revisions to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules). The working group met for the 49th session in Vienna on 15-19 September 2008. At the session the group considered:
  • a model arbitration clause;
  • a proposed model declaration of independence for arbitrators;
  • provision for joinder of third parties;
  • the appointment of substitute arbitrators;
  • truncated tribunals; and
  • the default number of arbitrators (currently three).
The report of the working group is not yet available but the group has evidently agreed that the rules should provide for the joinder of third parties. The other issues will continue to be discussed at the next session, scheduled for 9-13 February 2009 in New York.

The final draft of the proposed revisions is due to be submitted to the UNCITRAL Commission in 2009. We will continue to report on any future developments. Please click here for the Working Group II page on UNCITRAL's website.

Source: Global Arbitration Review
PLC Dispute Resolution

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