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Introduction to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

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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.

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UNCITRAL Texts on Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships

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The course provides an overview of UNCITRAL texts on public procurement and public-private partnerships (PPPs) and how they contribute to sustainable development goals. The course allows participants to understand the policy choices and principles implemented in UNCITRAL texts on public procurement and PPPs.

The course contains two parts. The first one addresses public procurement and is centered on UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement. The second one addresses public-private partnerships, is based on the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on on PPPs and associated Model Legislative Provisions, and covers how to ensure that they can deliver and operate infrastructure for the benefit of States and citizens.

This course is designed to give a general overview of UNCITRAL texts on public procurement and public-private partnerships. The UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement contains procedures and principles aimed at achieving value for money and avoiding abuses in the procurement process. Model Legislative Provisions on PPPs and a Legislative Guide covers the main issues relevant for the establishment of a favorable legal framework for PPPs. This module provide students with a presentation of the main features of UNCITRAL standards on public procurement and PPPs and enable them to navigate more efficiently within the broad range of information contained in those texts. Practical examples of how those texts are used in practice also enhance understanding of their practical dimension and their use in jurisdictions throughout the world. It should also allow participants to assess the efficiency of the public procurement and PPP legal frameworks in their own jurisdiction, based on UNCITRAL standards that compile best practices from all legal systems and economies.

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UNCITRAL Mediation Framework

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This course is addressed to those interested in learning more about the UNCITRAL mediation framework. Government officials and those engaged in commercial law reform at the national level may be particularly interested in learning more on how UNCITRAL mediation instruments, particularly the Singapore Convention on Mediation and the 2018 Model Law, enhance access to justice for all by offering an alternative and easily accessible method of dispute resolution and lessening the administrative burden of courts. Those in the private sector may be interested in learning more about UNCITRAL mediation rules and processes that could be adopted as contractual solutions. 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 and alternative dispute resolution.

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