International Commercial Mediation
UNCITRAL recognized the value of conciliation or mediation, an interchangeable term used to adapt to the actual and practical use, as a method of amicably settling disputes arising in the context of international commercial relations and responded by adopting the UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules (1980), which offer an internationally harmonized set of procedural rules for the conduct of conciliation proceedings, and which were amended by the UNCITRAL Mediation Rules (2021). Further, in the context of recognition of the increasing use of conciliation as a method for settling commercial disputes, the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation (2002) was initially developed and later amended by the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Mediation and International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (2018). It complements the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, which opened for signature in Singapore on 7 August 2019 and entered into force on 12 September 2020. The Convention will further enhance the use of mediation and foster access to justice. Additionally, UNCITRAL adopted the Notes on Mediation (2021), which is an explanatory text on the organization of mediation proceedings.