Chair’s Message

The Hon. Justice Neil McKerracher

Judge (Federal Court of Australia), Chair


The UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA), established in 2013, is the first of its kind globally. It owes its existence and success to the founder and initial chair, Tim Castle, a Sydney barrister.  Tim remains on our board. Since that time UNCITRAL now has National Coordination Committees in India and Japan, with the prospect of more to follow.

Built on the voluntary contribution of time by our members, known as UNCCA Fellows, UNCCA has achieved many things in the past three years:

  • Representation by Australians at all six UNCITRAL Working Groups since 2015, either as part of an official Australian delegation or as observers on behalf of LAWASIA;
  • Participation at numerous UNCITRAL conferences and symposia in Asia and the Pacific, as speakers and session chairs;
  • Participation at expert group meetings organized by the UNCITRAL Secretariat in preparation for Working Group Meetings;
  • Conducting annual UNCITRAL Seminars in May each year in Canberra for government and private sector stakeholders
  • Delivering UN Day lectures in most Australian capitals in 2017.

Australia was re-elected as a member of UNCITRAL in 2015, an outcome strongly supported by UNCCA.

Australian lawyers and academics have much to contribute to the development of harmonized trade laws in our region and globally. UNCCA now provides the vehicle for anyone who is interested in one of the nine key UNCITRAL areas to participate in that contribution.

One of the goals of this website is to increase awareness of the work our Australian colleagues are doing in each of these areas, as well as to links and information for our members about future opportunities for participation.

If you would like to get involved with UNCCA, please let us know via the web site or directly. We will try to find opportunities for you commensurate with your skills, interests and availability. You will be in good company, with a group of talented and motivated colleagues from the judiciary, practising profession, academia and the government.  Being involved offers the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, awareness of global trade law issues and to broaden your networks.

We look forward to welcoming you to UNCCA.

Justice Neil McKerracher

Chair, UNCCA