Calls for Interest – Internship at UNCITRAL-RCAP (South Korea)

UNCCA has received recent confirmation that UNCITRAL-RCAP in South Korea is currently receiving applications for interns from October 2019 onwards. Applications are highly recommended.

The relevant invitation from UNCITRAL-RCAP is reproduced below:


Dear Sir/Madam,

The internships at UNCITRAL-RCAP are open for application at the United Nations Careers Portal (Job Opening Number: 117698 / Duty Station: Incheon City, Republic of Korea).

The internship positions are for a minimum duration of two months and a maximum duration of six months, with various starting dates within the period of 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020.

Applicants for our internship must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

For the internship advertised, proficiency in oral and written English is required, and knowledge of another United Nations official language, namely Arabic, Chinese or Russian, as well as of regional languages such as Japanese, Korean, or others, would be an advantage.

Please note that United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions. Visit our Careers Portal for the job description, requirements and other details.

Interested applicants must apply through Inspira, our online employment application system.

The online application system for this job opportunity is available 24 hours a day until 30 June 2019, 11:59 p.m. (New York time).

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to contact the shortlisted candidates via email.

Applications are very much welcomed, and we would be grateful if you could kindly circulate this information among your contact network or website.

Thank you.

Opportunity to Attend UNCITRAL Commission Sessions in Vienna (8-19 July 2019)

Dear UNCCA members

As a benefit of your UNCCA membership, you can attend various sessions through which the UNCITRAL is performing its work. At this stage, we are extending the invitation to attend the upcoming UNCITRAL Commission sessions to take place in Vienna between 8-19 July 2019. Please find the official invitation with the relevant information attached.

Should you be interested in attending, please express your interest to Dr Dalma Demeter, Deputy Chair ( and/or to Dr Alan Davidson, Director of UNLAWS ( Similarly to attending Working Group sessions, attendance is self-funded, and delegates must be members of both UNCCA and LawAsia and must also provide evidence of travel insurance to be confirmed.

The internal UNCCA deadline for submitting your EOI is Sunday, 23 June. Please indicate the reason you wish to attend, keeping in mind the agenda available at


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UNCCA 2019 May Seminar Booklet

We are pleased to share that this year’s UNCCA May Seminar was another resounding success.

We have prepared a booklet in the interest of providing greater access to interested members that could not attend. The booklet helpfully provides profiles of the talented individuals enlisted that contributed to the event’s success and the topics discussed (with hyperlinked discussion papers where available). We hope it is useful and we are grateful for the contributions that have enabled us to carry out another successful event. The booklet may be downloaded here: 

Hyperlinked materials include:

2019 UNCCA May Seminar Booklet

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

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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.

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