253 The UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration: A Progress Report JOSHUA A BRIEN* Introduction Since its establishment in 1966, 1 the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (‘UNCITRAL’), has paid special attention to the classic candidates for unification in international trade law in developing international conventions, model laws and legal guides. This has certainly been the experience in the field of inter- national commercial arbitration, in which UNCITRAL has been exceptionally prolific. In 1976, it adopted the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, which have become widely known and applied by arbitration institutions worldwide. The UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules then followed in 1980, and in 1985, the Commission completed its most ambitious project when it adopted the Model Law on International Com- mercial Arbitration (‘Model Law’). 2 The Model Law is a comprehensive work that provides an internationally agreed legal framework for the conduct of international commercial arbitration, and is designed to complement and build upon the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention). The goal of the Model Law is to facilitate international commercial arbitration and to ensure its proper functioning and recognition. Accordingly, the value of the
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