By Davy Karkason
Founding Attorney

Access to justice is a crucial element for international disputes. It is even more complex within the realm of international law. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has taken a significant step forward in addressing this issue by releasing a draft document to improve access to dispute resolution globally. This blog post aims to discuss how this draft document can revolutionize the way we think about resolving international disputes.

What Are These Draft Documents?

The UNCITRAL’s draft document outlines a set of measures that include increasing transparency, efficiency, and accessibility of dispute resolution globally. At its core, the draft focuses on three main areas: (1) improving the effectiveness of international commercial arbitration; (2) promoting international mediation and conciliation, and (3) enhancing judicial remedies for cross-border disputes. For more information, please visit v1700382_english_technical_notes_on_odr.pdf (un.org)

Key Significant of The Documents

One of the most significant measures outlined in the draft document is the use of technology to enhance and promote the effectiveness of international commercial arbitration. This move towards online dispute resolution could significantly reduce the costs of resolving international disputes and provide a faster, more efficient solution. The UNCITRAL’s draft document encourages the use of online platforms, including videoconferencing, virtual hearings, and electronic submissions, to facilitate the arbitration process.

International Mediation And Other Significances

The UNCITRAL’s draft document also emphasizes the importance of promoting international mediation and conciliation, which could offer an alternative dispute resolution for companies who seek to avoid the legal process altogether. The draft document calls for a uniform approach to mediation and conciliation, increasing the likelihood of a mutually beneficial agreement between the parties without resorting to formal legal proceedings.

Furthermore, enhancing judicial remedies for cross-border disputes is another critical measure being discussed in the draft document. The UNCITRAL calls for clarity and interpretation of international law to ensure the adequate protection of parties’ rights, including the right to a fair trial and effective remedies.


Thus, the UNCITRAL draft document shows a promising step forward in promoting access to justice globally. Its focus on promoting technology, mediation, and conciliation, and enhancing judicial remedies will provide more efficient and cost-effective solutions to resolve international disputes. By increasing transparency, efficiency, and accessibility, UNCITRAL’s draft document could revolutionize the way we approach resolving international disputes and ensure that justice is accessible for all. It is now upon Member States to adopt and implement this forward-looking document.

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About the Author
As a lawyer and the founder of Transnational Matters, Davy Aaron Karkason represents numerous international companies and a wide variety of industries in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. He is dedicated to fighting against unjust expropriation and unfair treatment of any individual or entity involved in an international matter. Mr. Karason received his B.A. in Political Science & International Relations with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. If you have any questions about this article you can contact Davy Karkason through our contact page.