The UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA), established in 2013, is the first of its kind globally. Since that time UNCITRAL now has NCCs in India and Japan, with the prospect of more to follow.
Built on the voluntary contribution of time by our members, known as UNCCA Fellows, UNCCA has achieved many things in the past three years:
- Representation by Australians at all six UNCITRAL Working Groups since 2015, either as part of an official Australian delegation or as observers on behalf of LAWASIA;
- Participation at numerous UNCITRAL conferences and symposia in Asia and the Pacific, as speakers and session chairs;
- Participation at expert group meetings organized by the UNCITRAL Secretariat in preparation for Working Group Meetings;
- Conducting two annual UNCITRAL Seminars in May 2015 and 2016 in Canberra, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, for government and private sector stakeholders
In recognition of our on-going commitment to UNCITRAL, Australia was re-elected as a member of UNCITRAL in 2015, an outcome strongly supported by UNCCA.
Australian lawyers and academics have much to offer the development of harmonized trade laws in our region and globally, and UNCCA now provides the vehicle for anyone who is interested in one of the nine key UNCITRAL areas to join us and make a contribution.
One of the goals of this website is to increase awareness of the work our Australian colleagues are doing in each of these areas, as well as to links and information for our members about future opportunities for participation.
If you would like to get involved with UNCCA, please let us know, and we will try to find opportunities for you that are commensurate with your skills, interests and availability. You will be in good company, with a group of talented and motivated colleagues from the practicing profession, academia and the government. By being involved you will greatly enhance your knowledge, awareness of global trade law issues and broaden your networks.
We look forward to welcoming you to UNCCA.
Tim D. Castle
Inaugural Chair, UNCCA