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International Commercial Arbitration - November 2014

The Department of International Law participates in the VIII Conference of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Department of International Law was invited to participate in the VIII Conference of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP) held on 29-31 October in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Presentations and discussions focused on the theme "Services in International Private Law and Private International Law as a Service" and included discussions and analysis of e-commerce and consumer protection, the challenges of international law in emerging economies, international transport of people and the liability of carriers, and the effective legal protection and recognition of foreign judgments, among others.

VIII Conference of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP) in Porto Alegre, Brazil

While participating in the debate "Coding as a Service from the Perspective of International and Regional Forums," the Director of the Department of International Law, Dr. Dante Negro, provided an overview of the work of the OAS in the field of private law: simplified stock companies, secured transactions, electronic warehousing receipts for agricultural products, and international commercial arbitration. This debate also included representatives of the Conference of The Hague and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).

For her part, Dr. Magaly McLean, Senior Counsel of the Department of International Law participated as a moderator in the panel titled "Arbitration as a Service", in which panelists Roque Caivano (Argentina), Luis Ernesto Rodriguez (Venezuela) and Genevieve Saumier (France) spoke about second-instance arbitration and arbitration as a means of consumer protection.

In this space, Dr. McLean spoke of the project on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards that the Department has advanced since 2012 with support from the Government of Canada. This initiative recognizes the economic impact of judicial decisions in arbitration and the common role of judges and arbitrors vis a vis the individual that seeks resolution of a dispute in domestic and international legal systems, and briefly mentioned the High-Level Meetings on the Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration Department has organized in the United States (2013), Costa Rica (2013), Chile (2013), Uruguay (2014) and St. Lucia (2014).

Cooperation between the General Secretariat of the OAS and ASADIP was formalized in 2008 through a cooperation agreement between the parties. Since then, they have combined efforts with a view to channeling academic, research and cooperation to contribute to wider dissemination, codification and progressive development of the regional legal system, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the OAS.

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