UNCITRAL Working Groups
Upcoming Working Group Sessions
28 June to 16 July 2021, Vienna (tentative)
28 September to 2 October 2020, Vienna
25-29 January 2021, Vienna
4-8 October 2021, Vienna (tentative)
22-26 March 2021, New York
27 September to 1 October 2021, Vienna (tentative)
5-9 October 2020, Vienna
8-12 February 2021, Vienna
15-19 November 2021, Vienna (falls on Gurpurab) (tentative)
19-23 October 2020, Vienna
5–9 April 2021, New York
18–22 October 2021, Vienna (tentative)
7-10 December 2020, Vienna
3-7 May 2021, New York
13-17 December 2021, Vienna (tentative)
14-18 December 2020, Vienna
19-23 April 2021, New York
22-26 November 2021, Vienna (tentative)
Working Groups: Introduction
UNCITRAL has established six working groups to perform substantive preparatory work on topics within its program of work.
Specifically, ‘mandates’ or legal tasks are assigned by the Commission to each of the six Working Groups. Each Working Group is usually given one major mandate at a time, although some mandates may give rise to several related texts, such as a Model Law and an associated Guide to Enactment.
The Commission meets once a year in July, alternating between Vienna in New York, for a 2-3 week period. At each meeting it assigns new mandates, and reviews the progress on existing mandates through reports from each of the Working Groups. These Working Groups are composed of representatives from all member States of the Commission.
Once a text is completed by a Working Group, meaning complete consensus on all of the terms of the text has been reached, it is then considered in detail by the Commission. Finalisation (adoption) by the Commission gives the text its official status. This is not a formality, even though the Commission will have been involved in prior meetings considering the work on the text as it has been progressed. Certain texts, such as conventions, require approval by the UN General Assembly before they are finalised.
Scroll through to find out more about each of the six Working Groups, which in 2020 are focusing on the following areas of international trade law:
Working Group I: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation/Dispute Settlement
Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Resolution
Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce
Working Group V: Insolvency Law
Working Group VI: Judicial Sale of Ships
Find out more!
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Parties interested in the application of domestic legal instruments will generally have easy access to case law concerning those instruments through databases such as LexisNexis or FirstPoint, while international lawyers and academics can often struggle to keep up to date with the application of international instruments. Accordingly, UNCITRAL has developed a database of Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT), which is freely accessible to all interested parties.
The database, which is searchable according to various criteria (instrument considered, jurisdiction, date, etc.), can be found on the UNCITRAL website, accessible through the below button:
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UNCITRAL has developed an extensive resource database, spanning a diverse set of topics ranging from arbitration, to commercial fraud and transport law.
The resources, which are categorised according to topics, can be found on the UNCITRAL website, accessible through the below button:
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