UNCCA Fifth Annual May Seminar – 10th May 2019

The Fifth Annual UNCCA May Seminar will be held on the 10th of May 2019 at the University of Canberra. We invite all interested attendants to purchase tickets while they remain available.

This year we will be covering a range of topics including Cross-Border Insolvency, Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Judicial Sale of Ships and an update on the current works in trade law.

There will be a special Keynote from Jenny Clift, former Senior Legal Officer at UNCITRAL Secretariat, Vienna.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

Annual General Meeting

If you are an UNCCA member, we invite you to join us for the Annual General Meeting hosted at the University of Canberra on the 9th of May 2019 at 6:00pm

Following the Annual General Meeting, we will be hosting a cocktail reception

Cocktail reception:

Date: 9th May 2019

Time 7:00pm

Cost: $65

Location: University of Canberra, Building 11 Allawoona Street Bruce, 2617

For tickets for the May Seminar or the Annual General Meeting Cocktail Reception, please click the link below:


We look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

For more information, please contact events@uncca.org

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North Korea joins the CISG

UNCCA is pleased to share UNCITRAL-RCAP’s recent success.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has joined the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).  In doing so, the DPRK becomes the 90th State Party to the Convention, and effectively becomes part of a modern, uniform, and fair framework for the contract of sale, which is the backbone of international trade in all countries.

The CISG entered into force in 1988 after it reached the required number of States Parties with the ratifications by China and the United States. The CISG establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract.  It governs contracts for the international sales of goods, excluding sales to consumers, services, and sales of certain specified types of goods; purely domestic sale contracts are not affected by the CISG and remain regulated by domestic law.

The CISG has been ratified by 90 countries around the world of all levels of economic development and representing different legal tradition and political systems. Together, their economies represent more than 2/3 of the world trade in goods, including such important economies in the Asia and Pacific region such as Australia, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russia, but also large economies in other parts of the world, such as most European Union countries, Brazil, Canada and the United States. Uncertainty as to the governing law of contracts, and the diversity of domestic sales laws, may represent a barrier to trade and make the outcome of international commercial disputes highly unpredictable. Most countries that joined the CISG have done so with a view to providing their import and export businesses with a uniform substantive law framework that was especially conceived for international contracts.  Consequently, the CISG is considered one of the core international trade law conventions.

At its 35th anniversary in 2015, the CISG was hailed as a “an ingenious compromise, a bridge between treaty law and commercial practice . . . between different legal cultures, concepts and languages . . . between the past and the future.”  The CISG’s entry into force for the DPRK on 1 April 2020 will coincide with the 40th anniversary of its adoption. The DPRK will then join a large group of countries representing all economic and legal systems in crossing this bridge.

For more details please visit: https://uncitral.un.org/en/texts/salegoods/conventions/sale_of_goods/cisg.

See also: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/en/pressrels/2019/unisl273.html.