On 29 November, UNCCA directors and fellows met with Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), at the Union, University & Schools Club in Sydney.
The purpose of the HCCH is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. Accordingly, its work overlaps with that of UNCITRAL, which works towards the modernisation and harmonisation of rules on international business. UNICTRAL and the HCCH maintain a complementary relationship. Recently, UNCITRAL endorsed the HCCH’s Principles on Choice of Law at its 48th session.
Dr Bernasconi spoke on the HCCH’s current work, while UNCCA representatives spoke on recent activities promoting the work of UNCITRAL in Australia. Given the overlap between the work of UNCITRAL and the HCCH in the area of commercial law, UNCCA Chair Tim Castle said that UNCCA would be happy to liaise with Australian lawyers and academics interested in the work of HCCH on an ongoing basis. Any further developments on this issue will be promoted through the UNCCA website.