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DATE:   November 16, 2020


The UNCITRAL Secretariat, the International Arbitration Institute, and the International Law Institute, organized and hosted a webinar on the costs and financing of an advisory centre on international investment law on 16 November 2020.

During the webinar, a number of issues related to the costs and financing of an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law (ACIIL) were discussed, based on a “Note on the costs and financing of an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law”. Given certain assumptions and an estimated workload, this Note presented a hypothetical budget and discusses possible sources of funds to establish and maintain an ACIIL. 

The Note is available in:





The webinar was open for participation to all UNCITRAL Working Group III member and observer States delegations, as well as inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations with observer status. 

OPENING STATEMENTS   Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary, UNCITRAL
MODERATOR   Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia University, CCSI 
PRESENTATION OF NOTE      Nicolas Angelet, Professor of International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and
Ndanga Kamau, Founder, Ndanga Kamau Law
DISCUSSION STARTERS   Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn, Minister Counsellor, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Gaston Kenfack Douajni, Director of Legislation, Ministry of Justice of Cameroon
Natalia Porras, Coordinator of the Trade in Services and Investment Area, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica
Rebecca Wörner, Trade and Investment Policy Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
CONCLUDING REMARKS             Don Wallace, Chairperson, International Law Institute 


Nicolas Angelet

Nicolas Angelet is professor of international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, a member of the Brussels Bar and an associate tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London. He is appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators by the Republic of Burundi and to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators by the Kingdom of Belgium. He has acted as counsel in various investment arbitration cases, as a member of the ICSID ad hoc Committee in Victór Pey Casado and Foundation President Allende v. Republic of Chile, and currently chairs the ICSID Tribunals in Ayoub-Farid Michel Saab v. United Republic of Tanzania and in Venezuela Holdings, B.V. and others v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn

Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand in 2007. He started his career in the Treaty Division, overseeing various aspects of Thailand’s treaty making process.  During his post at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN in Geneva, he was in charge of extensive areas of work, including those within the purview of WHO and UNCTAD. After returning to Thailand in 2017, he has played a key role in several international disputes involving the Royal Thai Government, in addition to providing legal advice related to international trade, investment treaties, dispute settlement mechanisms, and arbitration. He has a PhD form the University College London and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anna Joubin-Bret

Anna Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of UNCITRAL and the Director of the International Trade Law Division in the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, the substantive secretariat for UNCITRAL. Before that, she practiced law in Paris, specializing in international investment law and investment dispute resolution, focusing on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator in such disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, she was the Senior Legal Adviser for UNCTAD, editing and authoring seminal research and publications on international investment law, notably the sequels to UNCTAD’s IIA Series and co-editing (with Jean Kalicki) Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

Ndanga Kamau

Ndanga Kamau is Founder of Ndanga Kamau Law, an international law practice based in The Hague, Netherlands. She sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She also advises clients on dispute prevention and risk mitigation.  She is a Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; President, ICC Africa Commission; Vice Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee; Director of Programmes; African Association of International Law; and Expert in Dispute Resolution, PRIME Finance Foundation. She regularly writes, speaks and lectures on international dispute resolution and public international law. 

Gaston Kenfack Douajni

Gaston Kenfack Douajni is a Cameroonian Magistrate, Director of Legislation, Ministry of Justice in Cameroon. He obtained a Doctorate of International Economic Law at the University of Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne) in 2005, a certificate on trade, negotiations and settlement of trade disputes at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2004 and an Habilitation to Direct Researches at the University of Pau in France. He is the editor of the “Revue Camerounaise de l’Arbitrage”, the President of the Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa (APAA) and the Chairperson of the 49th Session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He also teaches in different universities around the world.

Natalia Porras

Natalia Porras obtained a degree in Law at the University of Costa Rica in 2007 and an MSc in Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. She has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica since 2008 as an advisor to the Trade in Services and Investment Area and has participated in the negotiation processes of various trade agreements and international investment agreements, including with the European Union, China, Singapore, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and Central America. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Trade in Services and Investment Area, which works in the negotiation and implementation of international agreements and OECD-related affairs in those areas.

Karl P. Sauvant

Karl P. Sauvant has pursued the idea of establishing an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law since 2004, when he was the Director of UNCTAD’s Investment Division. He continued to pursue this objective after his retirement from the UN when he established, in 2006, what became the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). He stepped down as its Executive Director in 2012, to focus his work, as a CCSI Resident Senior Fellow, on teaching, research and writing. He has written extensively on matters related to FDI (see, and currently assists the ITC and DIE on a project on Investment Facilitation for Development.

Don Wallace

Don Wallace, Jr, Yale University BA, Harvard University, LLB,  Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Chairperson, International Law Institute; US delegate to UNCITRAL; Vice President UNIDROIT Foundation; member, American Law Institute; former Chairperson, International Law Section, American Bar Association; co-author, International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2019); author, editor of other books and articles; other memberships.

Rebecca Wörner

Rebecca Wörner is a Trade and Investment Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise and interest include the bilateral and multilateral reform of investment protection and sustainability-related topics. Previously, as part of a Junior Professional Programme, she held different positions at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, inter alia in the field of climate policy and the circular economy. She also worked as a trade policy attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Geneva. She graduated with honours from Utrecht University, with a research degree in law. During her studies, she conducted fieldwork in South-Africa and Mozambique, and co-authored several papers on water law.


International Trade Law Division
(UNCITRAL Secretariat)
United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
Vienna International Centre
A-1400 Vienna, Austria