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.