CMI’s Bill Marsh was retained to represent the UK Government in negotiations for the new UNCITRAL Law on International Commercial Conciliation. Bill attended negotiations at the United Nations in New York and Vienna bi-annually for three years. Some 50 countries sent representatives, and the text of the law had to meet each country’s understanding of conciliation (mediation) practice as well as corresponding to their legal system.
The end product, the UNCITRAL Law on International Commercial Conciliation, was adopted by the UNCITRAL Member States at the 35th session of the Commission in New York, on 24th June 2002.
The law, and its guide to enactment, have since been very influential throughout the world, being adopted as the basis for new mediation laws in a number of countries and informing legislators in others. It can be found at: