Enhancing the rule of law and increasing Business confidence in a globalized economy


The Second South Pacific International Arbitration Conference is organized by ADB in conjunction with the Papua New Guinea Government, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and other development partners. The Arbitration Conference will bring together high-level government officials, private sector, lawyers, judges, and international speakers to promote the importance of international arbitration in attracting more cross-border trade and investment (including climate finance & investment) in the South Pacific region. The Arbitration Conference will also provide in-depth knowledge on the practical aspects of different type of disputes in the region and globally. There will also be specialized interactive concurrent breakout sessions tailored for different stakeholders such as private sector, law practitioners and judges. Topics include:

  • Promotion of confidence in international business through building on the rule of law, in particular international arbitration reform;
  • Introduction to international commercial arbitration;
  • Women in international commercial arbitration;
  • New York Convention and the South Pacific Countries;
  • Disputes in the South Pacific region, particularly on energy (including renewable energy), construction, financial disputes and climate change; and
  • New developments in dispute resolution, including hybrid dispute resolution processes, third party funding, cross-institution consolidation and code of ethics.

The Arbitration Conference is a component of the wider International Mediation and Arbitration Conference organized by the Papua New Guinea Government.


The goal is to assist the remaining South Pacific countries to accede to the New York Convention, put in place implementing law, and ensure effective implementation through capacity building.

Target participants

Government officials, policy makers, development partners, judges, law practitioners, private sector, and others who contract with foreign parties.

Resource speakers

High-level government officials, regional specialists and international experts.

How to register

By invitation only

Event organizers/partners

PNG development partners:

  • National & Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea
  • Department of Justice and Attorney General
  • Papua New Guinea Law Society
  • Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

International development partners:

  • Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • New Zealand International Arbitration Centre
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration

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