The International Energy Charter, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the International Mediation Institute (IMI) jointly organized the 3rd training course for mediators in investment disputes kindly hosted by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). The week-long training, which concluded on October 21 and was preceded by some panels on investment law, attracted 50 participants from around the world, including government officials from Mainland China, ASEAN countries, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Hong Kong, as well as local and overseas legal and mediation practitioners.
Participants also engaged in fruitful discussions on the draft Model Instrument on Investment Dispute Management prepared by the Energy Charter Secretariat with the support of IMI and several government officials. The Model could be used by states for implementing their own domestic framework or as a guidance in relation to legal and practical issues that need to be considered for an effective and comprehensive management of international investment disputes. It includes provisions to encourage and facilitate the use of investment mediation.