UNCITRAL Events and News

UNCITRAL Events and Colloquia

29 September 2022 to 21 December 2022

The UNCITRAL secretariat held the Launch event of the inaugural UNCITRAL Days in Africa on 27 May 2022 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana and online, thanks to the support of the European Union. It served as the kick-off of the UNCITRAL Days in Africa academic series in presence of distinguished guests. 

During the UNCITRAL Days Africa, the secretariat of UNCITRAL will co-host a series of academic events with institutions of higher learning in the African countries to both celebrate the establishment of UNCITRAL and to raise awareness of the work of UNCITRAL amongst law students, legal experts, policy-makers, and the public and private sectors, thereby furthering the work of UNCITRAL in promoting the progressive harmonization and modernization of international trade and commercial law throughout the region. 

29 September 2022 to 21 December 2022

Le 27 mai 2022 a eu lieu le lancement de la première édition des Journées de la CNUDCI en Afrique dans les locaux du Ministère des affaires étrangères et de l’intégration régionale à Accra, au Ghana et en ligne, grâce au soutien de l’Union Européenne. Cet événement marque le coup d'envoi de la série d’activités des Journées de la CNUDCI en Afrique en présence de grandes personnalités. 

Au cours du dernier trimestre 2022, le secrétariat de la CNUDCI coorganisera une série de manifestations avec des établissements d'enseignement supérieur dans les pays africains afin de célébrer la création de la CNUDCI et de sensibiliser les étudiants en droit, les juristes, les décideurs et les secteurs public et privé aux travaux de la CNUDCI, ce qui contribuera à promouvoir l'harmonisation et la modernisation progressives du droit commercial international dans toute la région.

29 August 2022 to 02 September 2022

Singapore Convention Week will be held from 29 August - 2 September 2022 this year. The UNCITRAL Academy, jointly organised by the Singapore Ministry of Law and the United Nations Commission on International Law (UNCITRAL) will be held from 30 August to 1 Stepember 2022. The theme for this year's UNCITRAL Academy conference is "Embracing Global Change, Navigating New Possibilities". The conference will explore the evolution of the legal industry and international commercial dispute resolution.

07 July 2022

A side event of the 55th Commission session,  “UNCITRAL and the Law of Digital Trade”, was co-organised by UNCITRAL, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and supported by UNCITRAL RCAP.

24 June 2022

On Friday 24 June 2022, the Head of UNCITRAL RCAP (https://uncitral.un.org/en/TA/regionalcentre_asia_pacific) Athita Komindr and UNCITRAL Legal Officer Judith Knieper will speak on the Singapore Convention on Mediation, recent developments in the Asia-Pacific, and mediation and Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Session 1 of a webinar hosted by the Korea International Mediation Centre (KIMC) for the Asia Pacific Centre for Arbitration & Mediation (APCAM) Webinar Series - A New Era of International Mediation.

01 June 2022 to 05 June 2022

The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka will co-host the first Colombo Arbitration Week from 1 to 5 June 2022.

UNCITRAL Legal Officer Judith Knieper will be speaking on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and UNCITRAL Expedited Arbitration Rules for the opening panel discussion "Proposed Arbitration Act: A Fresh Start for Sri Lanka?" taking place on 1 June 2022 from 04.00 to 07.00 PM Sri Lanka time (+5.30 GMT)/07.30 to 10.30 PM Korea Standard Time/12.30 to 03.30 PM Central European Summer Time.

11 May 2022

La Commission des Nations Unies pour le droit commercial international (CNUDCI), la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie du Bénin et la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie du Togo, avec le soutien de la Chambre de commerce internationale (ICC) et de la Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones (CPCCAF), ont organisé le 11 mai 2022 un webinaire portant sur la digitalisation du commerce au Togo et au Bénin, qui faisait suite au webinaire sur les enjeux et défis de l’économie numérique en Afrique et dans la sphère francophone organisé par la CNUDCI, l’OIF et l’OHADA en mai 2021.  Programme / Note de contexte / Enregistrement du webinaire


05 May 2022

Co-organised by UNCITRAL, the Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR, and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), the UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS Reform Forum aims to explore specific key issues in respect of the proposed model clauses and guidelines on investment mediation, as well as future drafting work of the UNCITRAL Working Group III. The inter-sessional meeting will take place on 5 May 2022 (9:00 - 12:00 (GMT+8) for part I and 18:30 - 21:05 (GMT+8) for part II) (evening session open to WG III delegations only). For further details, please see the attached e-flyer and register at https://aail.org/2022-05-05-uncitral-wgiii-forum/#. Video recording of event

27 March 2022

Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Department of Justice, the Asian Academy of International Law, the Moot Alumni Association and supported by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, the 2022 CISG conference themed “The CISG, 40 Years and Beyond: What the Past Will Bring to the Future” will take place on 27 March 2022. This conference will bring together international experts to share their perspectives on the CISG’s achievements in the past, developments presently in the works, as well as the anticipated challenges and impacts for the future. In particular, the presentations will focus on the developments of the CISG in the APAC region, including Hong Kong, as well as its potential impacts on the future work of railway consignment. For further details, please see the attached e-flyer. Read more about the event at the Asian Academy of International Law page. Register here.

10 March 2022

Jointly organized by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC),  the Webinar was held on 10 March 2022 Thursday 2:00 pm-3:35 pm, Bangladesh Standard Time/9:00 am-10:35 am Austria Standard Time/5:00 pm-6:35 pm Korean Standard Time via Zoom. The Webinar themed “Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Sale of Goods: Time to Benefit from CISG?” discussed the role of ADR in resolving disputes over international transactions and how Bangladesh can benefit from CISG through panel sessions with world-renowned practitioners and academics. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here

News Articles

27 July 2022

The monthly compilation for July of the bibliography of recent writings related to the work of UNCITRAL is now available.

20 July 2022

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) adopted legislative texts on the judicial sale of ships and on the use and cross-border recognition of identity management and trust services, as well as a set of recommendations on the use of the UNCITRAL Mediation Rules at its 55th session in New York. A round table on technical assistance to law reform in the area of insolvency; and side events on international negotiations on digital trade and “double hatting” in investor-State dispute settlement were also held. Read the full press release here.

12 July 2022

The Philippines has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (2005) (the “Electronic Communications Convention”). It is the sixteenth State Party to the Convention and it will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 February 20223. Read the press release here.