By Board member, Ileana Smeureanu
ArbitralWomen was included last year on the list of non-governmental organisations with an observer status to participate in the sessions of UNCITRAL Working Group II on Arbitration and Conciliation. ArbitralWomen will be represented at the sixty-fourth session of the Working Group (New York, 1-5 February 2016).
The provisional agenda and related materials for each working session are available here. ArbitralWomen will not participate in the decision-making, but may be invited to take the floor to represent the views of the organisation on matters where it has expertise or international experience so as to facilitate the deliberations.
ArbitralWomen has established an active voice in dispute resolution because its members, collectively or individually, actively contribute to international law in various parts of the world. While our organisation focuses on women, the breadth of our activities are geared towards promoting their knowledge, access and involvement in the field of international dispute resolution.
As we embark on this new project of contributing to the work of UNCITRAL, we are taking our engagement to the promotion of international law one step higher and are very excited that our organisation has received this recognition.