Chuck Kotuby appointed to State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law
Jones Day partner Chuck Kotuby has been appointed to the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, a body set up to advise the U.S. Government with respect to significant issues of international law and legal reform. As part of this appointment, Mr. Kotuby was also selected as a member of the U.S. delegation to UNCITRAL’s Working Group III (WGIII) on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Reform. Established by the United Nations General Assembly by resolution 2205 (XXI) of 17 December 1966, UNCITRAL plays an important role in harmonizing and modernizing international trade law.
In this capacity, Mr. Kotuby joins other State Department lawyers and practitioners to represent the United States in multilateral negotiations addressing the possible reform of ISDS. WGIII has been given a broad mandate to identify concerns regarding the ISDS procedure, consider whether reform is desirable, and, if so, develop relevant solutions to be recommended to the UNCITRAL Secretariat. Key areas of focus for WGIII are the consistency, coherence, and predictability of arbitral decisions, arbitrator conflicts, and the cost and duration of ISDS proceedings.
"We are proud of Chuck’s appointment to the State Department's prestigious Advisory Committee, and his invitation to participate in UNCITRAL's WGIII discussions, especially given that body's important mandate," said Greg Shumaker, the leader of Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice. "Chuck's good work with these groups is consistent with Jones Day’s deep commitment to advancing the rule of law around the world."