In the framework of the EU-Central Asia Rule of Law Initiative, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Rule of Law Platform will co-organise a regional seminar on “States and International Arbitration” in Tashkent on 19 May 2017. This meeting will be co-chaired by Ambassador Eduards Stiprais, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan, and Mr Muzraf Ikramov, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in the presence of the French and German Ambassadors and high-level representatives from the Legal Department of various ministries, state agencies, corporations and lawyers, arbitrators and academics from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The regional seminar will further the objectives identified by the Ministers of Justice of the European Union and Central Asia at the Fourth Conference on rule of law (Astana, 14-15 October 2014) to “improve access to law and justice, notably by encouraging alternative methods of dispute resolution”, stressing “the paramount importance of the economic regulatory environment for business, as a integral part of the rule of law” and noting that “international investment may only develop if a stable level-playing field is established for business activities”.
The regional seminar will aim at deepening the dialogue and exchanges of experience on international arbitration between experts from the five Central Asian States, Austria, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and other EU Member States, and at sharing best practices and regulations governing cross-border economic disputes, based on national and international model legislation on domestic and international arbitration, as a key aspect for sustainable economic development and the improvement of the business climate. The development of legislation on alternative dispute resolution, arbitration in particular, and its effective implementation will ensure legal security, notably for investment from countries of the European Union, thereby providing support to the countries of central Asia on their road to more compliance with the rule of law.