Code of conduct
Draft Working Papers for comments
- Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (with annotations)
ICSID and UNCITRAL Release Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators
May 1, 2020: Today the Secretariats of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) released a draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators.
The draft Code was developed jointly by the ICSID and UNCITRAL Secretariats in the context of the work of UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS reform) and the process underway to amend ICSID’s rules of procedure.
The draft provides applicable principles and detailed provisions addressing matters such as independence and impartiality, and the duty to conduct proceedings with integrity, fairness, efficiency and civility. It is based on a comparative review of standards found in codes of conduct in investment treaties, arbitration rules applicable to ISDS, and of international courts.
Comments on the draft are welcome and may be sent to the UNCITRAL Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ICSID Secretariat (email@example.com) on or before 15 October 2020. Comments from States, international organizations and other interested stakeholders will be compiled and published jointly by UNCITRAL and ICSID in the form and language in which they are received.
Notes by the secretariat
- A/CN.9/WG.III/WP.167 - Background information on a code of conduct
- A/CN.9/WG.III/WP.151 - Ensuring independence and impartiality on the part of arbitrators and decision makers in ISDS
- A/CN.9/1004* - Report of Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) on the work of its thirty-eighth session
- A/CN.9/964 - Report of Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) on the work of its thirty-sixth session
- A/CN.9/935 - Report of Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) on the work of its thirty-fifth session
- A/CN.9/930/Add.1/Rev.1 - Report of Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) on the work of its thirty-fourth session - Part II