unctad.org | Mission Statement
Mission Statement
 
To contribute to building permanent capacity relevant to dispute settlement in international trade, investment and intellectual property.
 
Our audience: government officials; lawyers in public and private sectors; legal experts in NGO´s, trade unions, and civil society; academics and business advisors in developing countries, least developed countries, and countries in transition.
 
Background
 
Dispute settlement is a central feature of multilateral trade, investment and intellectual property. This is reflected in the establishment in recent years of a number of dispute settlement bodies such as those of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Developing countries are increasingly participating in cases brought to the dispute settlement bodies of these organizations.
 
Developing countries are increasingly seeking assistance in building the requisite capacity to protect their national economic and development interests, when disputes arise concerning commitments undertaken by their trading and investment partners. They are aware that their limited skills and knowledge of how to secure parties´ compliance with trade, investment or technology agreements can adversely affect their development policies.
 
Objectives
 
The training programme will respond to this need by strengthening the capacity of both public and private institutions, including government officials, academics, attorneys, and counsels of business associations, in this area. This concerted and comprehensive training programme on dispute settlement, led by the United Nations, will contribute to: 
 
  • Enhancing the institutional capacity of universities and research institutions, to provide instruction and promote research on dispute settlement;
 
  • Promoting the rule of law by improving the knowledge, and level of critical awareness within national institutions, of the legal framework governing dispute settlement in international economic relations

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