In an increasingly economically interdependent world, the importance of an improved legal framework for the facilitation of international trade and investment is widely acknowledged. Legislation that is transparent, predictable and effectively supported at judicial level contributes to the creation of a secure environment for business.
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) plays an important role in developing that framework because of its mandate to prepare and promote the use and adoption of legislative and non-legislative instruments in a number of key areas. Much of the complex network of international legal norms and agreements that affects today's commercial arrangements has been reached through long and detailed consultations and deliberations in UNCITRAL.
This course is addressed, first, to prospective delegates to UNCITRAL and representatives of Permanent Missions to the United Nations interfacing with UNCITRAL and its secretariat; secondly, to government officials and those engaged in commercial law reform at the national level. The course may also be of interest to other actors such as individuals from professional bodies, non-governmental organizations active in international trade and training institutions involved in international trade law.
The course aims at improving knowledge of UNCITRAL’s role in reducing the legal obstacles to the flow of international trade.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain why harmonized legal standards can facilitate international trade;
- Describe how UNCITRAL prepares and adopts its legislative instruments;
- Explain in what way UNCITRAL work contributes to sustainable development.
Register for the course here (available in English and Chinese)