UNCITRAL Events and News

UNCITRAL Events and Colloquia

26 October 2023 to 28 October 2023

On 26–28 October 2023, the University of Kiel will be hosting a conference on ‘EU Insolvency Law and Third Countries: Which Way(s) Forward?’. It is part of a research project coordinated by Professors Alexander Trunk (University of Kiel) and Jasnica Garasic (University of Zagreb), which is endorsed by UNCITRAL and supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. It is conducted in cooperation with representatives of the European Commission and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

01 October 2023 to 30 November 2023

The second edition of the UNCITRAL Days in Africa will be held between 1st October and 30 November 2023. This new series of event will be held under the following theme: “The use of UNCITRAL texts in Africa: Trends and prospects”. It will provide a great opportunity to discuss the impact of UNCITRAL texts in African States where they have been implemented or being considered for adoption. The need for update of existing texts with most recent UNCITRAL instrument could also be discussed, as well as explanatory and pedagogical materials being made available on various subjects by UNCITRAL secretariat to further common understanding and harmonized approach of UNCITRAL texts (such as online modules). 

01 October 2023 to 15 December 2023

The UNCITRAL Secretariat is pleased to announce that the fourth edition of UNCITRAL LAC Days will take place between 1st October and 15th December 2023. UNCITRAL LAC Days bring together members of the academia, researchers, students, and private and public stakeholders with a passion for international trade law to share experiences and best practices in an academic forum. The theme for this edition, “Exploring the digital frontiers of cross-border trade” provides a timely discussion on how UNCITRAL’s existing framework on e-commerce and ongoing legislative work could support States in developing an enabling legal framework for cross-border trade in the digital economy.

01 October 2023 to 30 November 2023

La deuxième édition des Journées de la CNUDCI en Afrique se tiendra du 1er octobre au 30 novembre 2023. Cette nouvelle série d'événements se déroulera sous le thème suivant : « L'utilisation des textes de la CNUDCI en Afrique : Tendances et perspectives ». Ce sera une excellente occasion de discuter de l'impact des textes de la CNUDCI dans les États africains où ils ont été mis en œuvre ou dans lesquels l'adoption de textes CNUDCI est envisagée. La nécessité de mettre à jour les textes existants avec les instruments les plus récents de la CNUDCI pourrait également être discutée, ainsi que des documents explicatifs et pédagogiques mis à disposition sur divers sujets par le secrétariat de la CNUDCI pour favoriser une compréhension commune et une approche harmonisée des textes de la CNUDCI (modules en ligne). 

01 October 2023 to 15 December 2023

La secretaría de la CNUDMI se complace en anunciar la 4ta edición de las Jornadas de la CNUDMI para América Latina y el Caribe (UNCITRAL LAC Days), las cuales tendrán lugar entre el 1 de Octubre y el 15 de Diciembre de 2023. UNCITRAL LAC Days brinda un foro académico para que miembros de la academia, investigadores, estudiantes y partes interesadas del sector público y privado con una pasión por el derecho mercantil internacional compartan experiencias y mejores prácticas. El tema de esta edición - “Explorando las fronteras digitales del comercio transfronterizo” – permitirá discutir el marco existente de la CNUDMI sobre comercio electrónico y el trabajo legislativo en curso, lo cual contribuye al desarrollo de un marco legal propicio para el comercio transfronterizo en la economía digital.  Presione aquí para más información.

14 September 2023 to 16 September 2023

UNCITRAL RCAP invites you to join the 2023 UNCITRAL South Asia Conference, a flagship event co-hosted with the Ministry of External Affairs, Republic of India and the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee of India on 14 - 16 September in New Delhi. Join global and regional legal and judicial experts for insights on commercial law topics including the digital economy, MSMEs and access to credit, insolvency, investor-state dispute settlement reform, international commercial arbitration and mediation, and more. Special highlights include the high-level inaugural and roundtable sessions focusing on regional perspectives on UNCITRAL. The Conference is exclusively in-person on a first-come, first-served basis. 

11 September 2023 to 12 September 2023

UNCITRAL RCAP is pleased to announce the 3rd Incheon Law & Business Forum (ILBF) themed “From Documents to Data: Legal and Commercial Solutions for Digital Trade,” to be held from 11 – 12 September 2023 at the Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo, Republic of Korea. The Forum is co-hosted with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea and Incheon Metropolitan City, Korea Legislation Research Institute and other partners. This two-day regional Forum brings together representatives from the law, business, and public sectors to discuss the promotion of law reform and business development in support of digital trade across the Asia Pacific, with special attention on UNCITRAL instruments.

29 August 2023

UNCITRAL’s project on the stocktaking of developments in dispute resolution in the digital economy (DRDE) was launched in 2021, conferring on the secretariat the mandate to monitor the changing landscape of dispute resolution in the digital economy by compiling, analysing and sharing relevant information with a view to laying the groundwork for updating existing UNCITRAL texts or developing new ones.

27 July 2023

The UNCITRAL secretariat is organizing a panel entitled “African Perspectives on Dispute Resolution in the Digital Economy” during the 2nd edition of the African Arbitration and Mediation Days. UNCITRAL’s project on the stocktaking of developments in dispute resolution in the digital economy (DRDE) was launched in 2021, conferring on the secretariat the mandate to monitor the changing landscape of dispute resolution in the digital economy by compiling, analysing and sharing relevant information with a view to laying the groundwork for updating existing UNCITRAL texts or developing new ones. The project gives particular attention to the disruptive aspects of digitalization in dispute resolution, in particular those with respect to due process and fairness, but also focuses on the enabling aspects of technology as far as its impact on cost and duration of procedures is concerned. In line with its mandate, the UNCITRAL secretariat is organizing discussions to seek inputs from different parts of the world so as to ensure the comprehensiveness of its work. This panel complements the “World Tour” which has been held to date in Tokyo, New York, Guatemala City, Paris and Vienna.

12 July 2023 to 13 July 2023

The Colloquium will consider areas in which international trade law can effectively support the achievement of climate action goals set by the international community, the scope and value of legal harmonization in those areas and the need for international guidance for legislators, policymakers, courts and dispute resolution bodies. It should consider in particular: (a) the contribution that UNCITRAL, being a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly and an inclusive forum to devise global solutions, could make in the light of its mandate to promote the harmonization and modernization of the law of international trade in the form of possible future work and (b) how existing UNCITRAL instruments in areas such as contract law, electronic commerce, insolvency, secured transactions, public procurement, public-private partnerships and dispute resolution can be applied to support climate action. Find more information about the Colloquium here.

News Articles

25 July 2023

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) adopted a series of guidelines and texts on mediation, dispute resolution and other international trade law topics at its 56th session in Vienna. Read the full press release here.

24 July 2023

During an official visit to the Vienna International Centre by President Vo Van Thuong, the Government of Viet Nam signed a memorandum of understanding with the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to increase the cooperation between the UN and Viet Nam in the modernization of the commercial law framework in the country. The memorandum of understanding will support collaborative efforts to promote UNCITRAL texts and capacity-building initiatives regarding the harmonized use of UNCITRAL instruments in Viet Nam.

13 July 2023

In the first week of its session the Commission adopted four legal texts: the UNCITRAL Model Provisions on Mediation, the UNCITRAL Guidelines on Mediation for International Investment Disputes, the UNCITRAL Code of Conduct for Arbitrators in International Investment Dispute Resolution, and the UNCITRAL Code of Conduct for Judges in International Investment Dispute Resolution. Read the full press release here.