Today the Secretariats of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) released a draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators.

The draft Code was developed jointly by the ICSID and UNCITRAL Secretariats in the context of the work of UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS reform) and the process underway to amend ICSID’s rules of procedure. 

The draft provides applicable principles and detailed provisions addressing matters such as independence and impartiality, and the duty to conduct proceedings with integrity, fairness, efficiency and civility. It is based on a comparative review of standards found in codes of conduct in investment treaties, arbitration rules applicable to ISDS, and of international courts. 

Comments on the draft are welcome and may be sent to the UNCITRAL Secretariat ( and ICSID Secretariat ( on or before 30 November 2020. Comments from States, international organizations and other interested stakeholders will be compiled and published jointly by UNCITRAL and ICSID in the form and language in which they are received.

Download Documents:

• Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (with annotations)
     o Annex A – Text of the Code of Conduct
     o Annex B – Summary of Codes of Conduct in Free Trade Agreements

Overview of Draft Code of Conduct

Présentation Générale du Projet de Code de Conduit

Presentación General del Proyecto de Código de Conducta