Law Students: Apply to attend UNCITRAL Working Groups in New York or Vienna

UNCCA Law-Student Attendance Working-Group Scheme (UNLAWS)

The UNCCA Law-Student Attendance Working-Group Scheme (UNLAWS) is an opportunity for a select number of law students to accompany Australian academics attending UNCITRAL Working Group meetings in Vienna or New York in 2018. UNLAWS is an initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA).

The participating students to date have come from the Law Schools of:

  • Curtin University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University

About the UNCITRAL Working Groups

UNCITRAL is the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. A legal body with universal membership specialising in commercial law reform worldwide for over 50 years, UNCITRAL’s business is the modernisation and harmonisation of rules on international business.

The Commission has established six working groups to perform the substantive preparatory work on topics within the Commission’s programme of work. Each of the Working Groups is composed of all member States of the Commission. The Working Groups’ preparatory work includes, for example, preparing draft international conventions, model laws and uniform laws that relate to international business.


Participation in UNLAWS is open to all students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (or associated dual program), Master of Laws or postgraduate law program at an Australian law school.

Students who are offered participation in the Scheme must fund all of their own costs (including airfares, accommodation, meals, travel insurance and incidentals). Several universities have made a financial contribution for the student’s expenses – UNCCA looks favourably upon such support.

UNCITRAL Working Group Dates

Working Group I: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
12-16 March 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 24-28 September 2018, Vienna

Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation
5-9 February 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 10-14 September 2018, Vienna

Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform
23-27 April 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 8-12 October 2018, Vienna

Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce
16-20 April 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 19-23 November 2018, Vienna

Working Group V: Insolvency Law
7-11May 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 10-14 December 2018, Vienna

Working Group VI: Security Interests
30 April-4 May 2018, New York
Tentative dates: 26-30 November 2018, Vienna

(NB: Vienna dates are tentative. The Commission will confirm the dates in July 2018.)


Applications should include the following:

  1. The applicant’s nomination of the working group or groups that the applicant wishes to attend (up to three preferences).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (1-5 pages).
  3. Statement of Interest (1-2 pages). Please clearly indicate any previous courses or experience which relate to the research area of the placement/s for which you are applying.
  4. No more than two references.
  5. Academic record.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a permanent member of the student’s law school, including other relevant details for consideration by UNCCA.

Applications should be directed to the Convenor of UNLAWS, Dr Alan Davidson of the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. Dr Davidson may be contacted at:, or 07 3365 2294.


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