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Multilateral Trade, International Arbitration and Disputes Unit

Head of Unit
Maizura binti Mohamed Tajuddin
Multilateral Trade, International Arbitration and Disputes Unit
  • Unit 5 is responsible for all legal issues relating to any international disputes, arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolutions between the Government of Malaysia (GOM) and another State or private party. This includes disputes before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body, ad hoc international arbitration bodies and other international courts/tribunals. In this regard, this Unit is primarily responsible for:
    • carrying out research on the legal issues arising in such international disputes;
    • providing comprehensive legal advice to GOM, often in collaboration with domestic and/or international experts in their respective fields of expertise; and
    • representing AGC and GOM at meetings and negotiations relating to such international disputes and hearings before the relevant international courts/tribunals.
  • With regard to arbitration, Unit 5 is directly involved in cases arising from international treaties and agreements relating to trade and investment, including those arbitrations taking place within Malaysia. Among others, Unit 5 handles cases involving various rules and international institutions, which includes the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), PCA, ICSID, and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) Arbitration Rules.
  • Unit 5 is also responsible for matters relating to multilateral trade, particularly WTO-related issues. In this respect, this Unit works extensively with Unit 4 – Bilateral/ASEAN Trade and International Finance as their job scopes are inter-related.