UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day 2021

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 15 December 2021 - 5:00pm

The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) is pleased to announce the initial line-up and kick-off of its UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day 2021 (AP Day) academic series. 

The UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day is an annual flagship academic series launched in 2014 by UNCITRAL RCAP to celebrate the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2205 (XXI) of 17 December 1966 establishing UNCITRAL, which has since come to be the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. This year, an initial 34 universities and institutions across the Asia-Pacific region in 13 jurisdictions have joined the annual celebration by co-hosting a series of academic events with UNCITRAL RCAP to promote awareness of international trade standards and norms, particularly those endorsed by UNCITRAL, amongst law students — the next generation of legal thinkers and policymakers. The main theme of the UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day 2021 is “Enabling MSMEs and Assisting Economic Recovery through Legal Harmonization”. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (“MSMEs”) represent the majority of businesses in most jurisdictions and account for a large portion of overall employment. However, MSMEs worldwide experience similar obstacles to doing business at all stages of their operation. These obstacles have been exacerbated by the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day 2021 theme provides a synoptic view of how different areas of UNCITRAL reduce the legal obstacles encountered by MSMEs throughout their life cycle. 

The UNCITRAL AP Day 2021 series was launched with 3 activities in the Republic of Korea by Chung-Ang University, Inha University, and Seoul National University on 13, 14, and 26 October 2021, respectively. Find the calendar of events for this year's events here.

RCAP also invites readers to revisit last year's AP Day series via the 2020 AP Day report.