On 17 and 18 May 2018, the Thailand Arbitration Center along with UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific jointly organized the 1st International ADR Conference at the Dusit Thani Hotel with 300 persons in attendance. This marked the first of this annual flagship Conference for a comprehensive discussion on alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

This year, there was a focus on identifying new opportunities for legal convergence to produce a more robust and predictable crossborder regime for arbitration, mediation and online dispute resolution within the Greater Mekong Subregion and beyond. The Greater Mekong Subregion lends itself to fostering internal trade and linkages outward to the wider economic initiatives of the Belt and Road and development of Thailands Eastern Economic CorridorThailand is central to the Greater Mekong Subregion in connecting the region and attracting further trade and investment.

It was an honor to have ACM Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Thailand, give the opening remarks and for Anna JoubinBret, Secretary for UNCITRAL and Director of the Division on International Trade Law, deliver the keynote address. Leading experts in the field of arbitration and mediation also shared their deep knowledge on a variety of topics from reform to investor-State dispute resolution to the strengthening of international mediation