12 Jun 2003

UN hosts arbitration workshop for Pacific Island countries

5:00 pm on 12 June 2003

The United Nations is providing Pacific Island countries with a model law on arbitration in an attempt to persuade the region to update its legislation.

The secretary for the UN Commission on International Trade Law, Jernej Sekolec, is hosting a workshop in Auckland on arbitration for senior legal officials from the region.

Mr Sekolec says they appear open-minded about the idea although reservations have been expressed about the need for assistance in drafting legislation and persuading people it's necessary.

"To the extent national authorities in Pacific Island states have questions or doubts they are free to approach us and we will provide to them advice and assistance free of charge so that way to modern legislation for them would be easier and shortened"

The Solicitor Generals of Fiji, the Cook Islands and Vanuatu are attending the workshop as are lawyers and arbitrators from Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji.