2nd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit: 16-19 October, Hong Kong

From the Regional Centre:

We would like to inform you that the Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) will co-host the 2nd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit in Hong Kong from 16 to 19 October 2017, with the cooperation and support of the Department of Justice of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong, China), the Judiciary of Hong Kong, China, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH). 

The Summit will begin on 16 October 2017 by featuring the Judicial Roundtable on International Trade Law, attended by invited judges from across the region. The objectives of the Judicial Roundtable are to enhance knowledge on international trade law among the Judiciaries and to facilitate a uniform interpretation and application of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958) (the New York Convention) and of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985), with amendments as adopted in 2006.  

Furthermore, the Judicial Conference on International Trade Law, to be inaugurated by Mr. Miguel Serpa Soares, the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 18 October 2017 under the theme ‘Judicial efficient support to international arbitration, and emerging topics in international arbitration’ and a visit to the Hong Kong Judiciary is scheduled to take place on 19 October 2017.  

For the Judicial Conference scheduled for 18 October 2017, a limited number of spaces are available on a first-come basis. Therefore, please register online via http://hkaweek.hkiac.org/en/uncitral-asia-pacific-judicial-summit.php. We hope that you will benefit from the expertise of world-renowned experts by joining our Conference. 

Please find attached the flyer for more information about the Summit and speakers. Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms. Karen Tan (email: karen@hkiac.orgat HKIAC who is in charge of the Summit secretariat. 

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Fiji enacts UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration

From the Regional Centre:

On 15 September 2017, the Parliament of Fiji passed the International Arbitration Bill 2017 as an Act of Parliament and was assented to by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Fiji on 18 September 2017.  
The International Arbitration Act (Act No. 44 of 2017) incorporated provisions based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985) (with amendments as adopted in 2006)(“Model Law”), in Fijian law. This legal reform resulted from a technical assistance project in the context of a joint collaboration between the Asian Development Bank and the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, aimed at reforming the dispute settlement legal regimes in the Pacific Small Island Developing States.
The Arbitration Act has been recognised by the UNCITRAL Secretariat as an enactment of the Model Law.  Fiji becomes the 76th State worldwide and the 24th out of 56 States in the Asia Pacific region to adopt the Model Law.  More information regarding status of implementation may be found here: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/uncitral_texts/arbitration/1985Model_arbitration_status.html. 


Publication: A panel on Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v the Commonwealth of Australia

Suzanne Howarth, Former Deputy Chair and member of UNCCA is also a lecturer at the University of Canberra and member of the International Lawyers Committee of the ACT Law Society.  In 2016 Suzanne facilitated a panel discussion in relation to the international disputes in respect of Australia’s laws in respect of plain packaging of tobacco products.  Suzanne’s article on the discussion was published in the December 2016 edition of the ACT Law Society Journal, Ethos.

See: Ethos, December

UNCITRAL Asia Pacific organises Side Event at APTFF 2017 on “Taking FTA electronic commerce chapters seriously: UNCITRAL texts for mutual recognition of electronic communications and signatures” [7 September, Yogyakarta, Indonesia]

From the Regional Centre:

The 8th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) is co-organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Asia Development Bank and the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia and will take place between 5 and 8 September 2017.   The theme for this year’s APTFF is Trade Facilitation Innovations for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on the APTFF please visit the website.
The theme of the morning half-day UNCITRAL-RCAP Side Event will be “Taking FTA electronic commerce chapters seriously : UNCITRAL texts for mutual recognition of electronic communications and signatures”.   This event aims at building capacity on implementation of UNCITRAL e-commerce texts, to assist in complying with electronic commerce chapters included in FTAs.  Government officials, representatives from international organisations and development agencies, trade facilitation service providers and trade and development policy analysts and researchers from the region are welcome to join us and share their views on this exciting topic which is being explored for the first time. 

The Side Event will consist of two sessions, each session will last for about 1.5 hours : 

  • Session 1 : Electronic commerce chapters in FTAs – How they were negotiated and how they are expected to contribute to trade?      
  • Session 2 : UNCITRAL texts on e-commerce – How they can assist in implementing FTAs and trade facilitation measures?

For details, please refer to the Programme

The APTFF 2017 and the UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Side Event will take place at Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta. For registration of the APTFF 2017, please visit website

For more information about the UNCITRAL Side Event, please contact us at hin.kwok@un.org and jinhee.kim@un.org.
Thank you.