Published: 17 December 2020

Dr Sarvarian serves as Co-Rapporteur of the report on Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals

On 12 December 2020, the International Law Association adopted by consensus the final report and resolution produced by the Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals at its 79th Biennial Conference. Dr Arman Sarvarian (University of Surrey) served as Co-Rapporteur with Dr Filippo Fontanelli (University of Edinburgh).

Hosted by its Japanese branch, the Conference was the first to be held entirely online due to the disruption caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Comprising more than fifty experts in the procedural law of international courts and tribunals, the Committee was chaired by Professors Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law, Luxembourg), Shotaro Hamamoto (Kyoto University) and Philippe Sands QC (University College London).

Concluding its quadrennial project, the Committee proposed reforms to the rules of procedure and working practices of the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, inter-State arbitral tribunals (particularly the Permanent Court of Arbitration) and World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement System. Covering the broad themes of case management, jurisdictional objections and evidence, the report and resolution focused on improvements to the procedural efficiency and integrity of inter-State adjudication and arbitration. Having concluded its work, the Committee has been dissolved with the results of its project communicated to the institutions for their consideration.  

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