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Syllabus of the Subject

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

  1. Introduction to the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  2. Work areas of the UNCITRAL
  3. Legislative texts (conventions, model laws, legislative guides) of the UNCITRAL
  4. Hamburg Rules (Sea)

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United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was created in 1996 with the aim of improving the laws, regulations and international agreements related to the Foreign Trade and Foreign direct investment (FDI).

Its main objective is to harmonize and modernise the international trade law to facilitate the foreign trade and investment.

Currently, the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has 60 member states.

The main areas of work of the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) are:

  1. International sales of goods
  2. International payments and documentary credits
  3. International transport of goods
  4. Arbitration and commercial conciliation
  5. Electronic commerce
  6. Collateral Guarantees
  7. Insolvency
  8. Public procurement and infrastructure development
  9. Online Controversies Solution

Legislative texts of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL):

Legislative texts related to International Transport.

  1. United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea (Hamburg Rules) (1978)
  2. United Nations Convention on the Liability of Operators of Transport Terminals in International Trade

Legislative texts related to the International payments:

  1. United Nations Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit
  2. UNCITRAL Model Law on International Credit Transfers
  3. United Nations Convention on International Bills of Exchange and International Promissory Notes
  4. United Nations Convention on the Transfer of Credits in International Trade

Legislative texts related to the International sale of goods:

  1. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
  2. Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods
  3. UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration
  4. UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation

Legislative texts related to the Electronic Commerce

  1. UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce
  2. UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures
  3. United Nations Convention on the use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts

Other legislative texts:

  1. UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Construction and Services
  2. UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects
  3. UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law

Headquarters of the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL): Vienna (Austria).

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Carriage of Goods by Sea (Hamburg Rules) Maritime Transport



The member states of the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) are.

Africa: Algeria, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia.

America: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, U.S..

Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand.

Europe: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Turkey.

Oceania: Australia.



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