UN Day Lecture 2019: 25 Years of Cross-Border Insolvency Law Reform

We are glad to announce the return of another year of UNCCA’s UN Day Lectures.

Brisbane and Hobart will host UN Day Lectures on 23 October this year. The remaining Australian cities will host their own UN Day Lecture on 24 October: Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

All lectures are scheduled for 5pm starts and 6:15pm finishes.

Registration is required, with a fee for non-members of $25 and students of $5. There is no charge for members of UNCCA, ARITA, the Judiciary, court staff or the APS.

For 23 October UN Day Lectures (Brisbane and Hobart), please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/un-day-2019-25-years-of-cross-border-insolvency-law-reform-1994-2019-tickets-73763660093?aff=ebapi.

For 24 October UN Day Lectures (all other cities), please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/un-day-2019-25-years-of-cross-border-insolvency-law-reform-1994-2019-tickets-72884634905.

Please see the following fliers for further details. Please utilise the “scroll pages” option (bottom left of PDF viewer) to arrive at relevant information for your respective city.





Working Group III Update

ISDS UN Convention

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) is examining the United Nations Conventions on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration. The text of the treaty can be accessed here:  https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Treaties/ISDSUNConvention/Treaty_being_considered. The Committee invited submissions, and the contribution of Dr Luke Nottage in support of ratification of the treaty can be accessed here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Treaties/ISDSUNConvention/Submissions The Attorney-General’s Department consulted with the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Australian chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Minerals Council of Australia and these organisations also supported Australia ratifying the Convention. JSCOT will hold a public hearing in relation to this inquiry in Canberra on 16 September 2019. 

International commercial arbitration symposium, 15 November 2019

The University of Sydney will host a symposium on 15 November 2019, focussed upon recent challenges for international commercial arbitration (ICA), and which will also explore the approach in various jurisdictions to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).  A host of eminent speakers will be contributing to the discussion, among them being the Hon Dr Clyde Croft AM SC of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC, ABA rapporteur and formerly of the Federal Court of Australia.  You can register for the symposium using the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventid=11981

SIAC India Summit 2019

On 30 August 2019, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre held a two day summit in New Delhi addressing Modern Trends and Perspectives on Investor-State Dispute Settlement and International Commercial Arbitration.   The Opening Address was delivered by Mr K Shanmugam, the Sinaporean Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law and can be accessed here: https://www.mlaw.gov.sg/content/minlaw/en/news/speeches/Opening-Address-by-Minister-Shanmugam-for-SIAC-Investment-arbitration-conference.html

8th Asia Pacific ADR Conference

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP) is pleased to invite you to the 8th Asia Pacific ADR Conference (Conference) on 20 September 2019 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, co-organized with the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board International (KCAB INTERNATIONAL), the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea (MOJ), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (Seoul IDRC).

Titled, “Ensuring Legitimacy, Delivering Efficiency: Procedural Trends and Potential Reforms in Dispute Resolution,” this year’s conference will highlight important aspects of the need for balance between ensuring legitimacy and delivering efficiency in international dispute resolution, aiming to provide a holistic insight into ADR today. UNCITRAL Secretary Anna Joubin-Bret will be speaking on current issues in investment arbitration.

Please see below for the conference flyer with event and registration details.



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 (Dalma.Demeter@canberra.edu.au) and/or to Dr Alan Davidson, Director of UNLAWS (a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au). 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 https://uncitral.un.org/en/commission.


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