Dr Filippo Fontanelli presents final results of ILA Committee’s work at Kyoto 2020 Conference
Wed 6 January 2021
On 12 December 2020, Filippo Fontanelli, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law at Edinburgh Law School, presented the final Resolution and Report of the Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals at the 79th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, hosted by its Japanese branch.
The final report and resolution were adopted by consensus. 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). Dr Filippo fontanelli (University of Edinburgh) served as Co-Rapporteur with Dr Arman Sarvarian (University of Surrey).
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.