United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. It was established by the General Assembly in 1966 with the mandate to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. In establishing UNCITRAL, the General Assembly recognized that disparities in national laws governing international trade created obstacles to the flow of trade and it regarded the preparation of uniform texts by UNCITRAL as a vehicle to reduce or remove these obstacles.

UNCITRAL prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria.

 

For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.uncitral.org/