The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Faculty of Law, University of Macau, will jointly host the 2015 UNCITRAL Emergence conference titled “Harmonising Trade Law to Enable Private Sector Regional Development ” at the Hengqin campus, University of Macau, Macau SAR, on 30 November 2015.
The 2015 UNCITRAL EMERGENCE CONFERENCE aimes at discussing matters related to international trade law and the mandate of UNCITRAL, including those pertaining to the private sector development.
The theme of the conference is designed to take stock of contemporary and future international developments in harmonization and unification of commercial law and its impact on the regional business environment. Five conference tracks namely Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, International Commercial Arbitration, E-Commerce , Cross-Border Insolvency, and International Contract Law will cover a range of key contemporary international legal issues on the topics.
The Conference includes invited talks by experts in the field including from the UNCITRAL. The Conference also includes an academic call for paper, which is expected to draw distinguished scholars from around the world.
We take pleasure in inviting you to join the conference either as a speaker or delegate, which we believe is critical for the success of the conference.
Call for Papers
After successfully organising a joint conference with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) and the Comité Maritime International (CMI) Asia Office in October 2014, the Faculty of Law, University of Macau (UM) will hold the second joint conference with UNCITRAL RCAP on November 30, 2015. The conference in 2014 had speakers from diverse parts of the world including the UNCITRAL Secretariat in Vienna, the Hague Conference Regional Office, and the Asia Office of the CMI as well as from China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Philippines, Brazil, Sweden and USA.
The 2015 UNCITRAL EMERGENCE CONFERENCE is a unique event in the history of UNCITRAL, aimed at discussing matters related to international trade law and the mandate of UNCITRAL, including those pertaining to the private sector development. The proposed theme of the conference is particularly designed to take stock of contemporary and emerging international developments in harmonization and unification of commercial law and its impact on the regional business environment. Private sector plays an important role as an engine of economic growth and job creation in developing countries also as provider of goods and services. It generates tax revenues to finance essential social and economic infrastructure, develops new and innovative solutions that help tackle development challenges and it is a central actor in addressing climate change. For that to reach its full potential, a sound commercial legal framework needs to be in place. The conference creates the possibility for experts and scholars to examine the impending agenda of various working groups of UNCITRAL and provides a very good opportunity to assess and deliberate the potential impact of the emerging harmonisation measures upon regional and national business environment.
The conference invites researchers, scholars, and practitioners to share their insightful opinions and important findings of their research related to the conference theme and to promote an international dialogue on a diverse range of related topics. The Conference is now seeking submissions of paper proposals/abstracts for review.
WHEN: November 30, 2015
WHERE: E4-G062, Anthony Lau Building, University of Macau
Paper Proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:
1. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs): preparation of legal standards on simplified business incorporation and registration; legal obstacles faced by MSMEs throughout their life cycle; crowd funding.
2. The future of international commercial arbitration.
3. E-commerce: identity management, mobile payments, electronic single windows and cloud computing, digital currencies.
4. Cross-border insolvency: jurisdiction, access and recognition in the cross border insolvency of enterprise groups; recognition and enforcement of insolvency related judgements.
5. International contract law: rise of international commercial courts; transfer of property; set-off; international distribution contracts; validity issues.
PRESENTATION IN PERSON (OR) BY CIRCULATION
The authors of the accepted proposals may be asked to present the paper in person or through circulation during the conference. The accepted authors, who could not travel to the conference, may also choose to circulate the draft paper or the power point (PPT) presentation along with the abstract. Questions or comments arising from the circulated papers or PPT/Abstract will be collected (with the emails of the individuals raising them) and sent to the authors subsequently to reply or respond.
30 October 2015: Submission of the paper proposals via email@example.com. Authors of the accepted paper proposals will be informed on a continued basis after the proposals are received.
15 November 2015: Closing date for submission of the draft paper or the power-point presentation for conference circulation.
25 November 2015: Close of (free) registration for participation in the Conference.
31 January 2016: Closing date for submission of the full paper for possible publication in an edited book.
The submissions are expected to take into consideration the specific mandate of UNCITRAL including the document "A/CN.9/841 - Planned and Possible Future Work" submitted to the Commission's 48th Session.
"Harmonization" and "Unification" of the law of international trade refers to the process of creating and adoption of the law facilitating international commerce. International commerce may be hindered by factors such as the lack of a predictable governing law or out-of-date laws unsuited to commercial practice. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law identifies such problems and then carefully creates solutions, which are acceptable to States having different legal systems and levels of economic and social development.
"Harmonization" is the process that may modify domestic laws to enhance predictability in cross-border commercial transactions. "Unification" may be seen as the adoption by states of a common legal standard that governing particular aspects of international business transactions. A model law or a legislative guide is an example of a text drafted to harmonize domestic law, while a convention is an international instrument adopted by States for the unification of the law at an international level. Texts resulting from the work of UNCITRAL include conventions, model laws, legal guides, legislative guides, rules, and practice notes. In practice, the two concepts are closely related. Furthermore, UNCITRAL’s mandate focuses on commercial transactions between businesses, rather than between businesses and consumers.
UNCITRAL is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Secretariat of UNCITRAL is the International Trade Law Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. In contrast, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization independent from the United Nations. The issues dealt with by the WTO and UNCITRAL are different. The WTO deals with trade policy issues, such as trade liberalization, abolition of trade barriers, unfair trade practices or other similar issues usually related to public law, whereas UNCITRAL deals with the laws applicable to private parties in international transactions. Consequently, UNCITRAL is not involved with "state-to-state" issues such as anti-dumping, countervailing duties, or import quotas.
REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE
The registration for the conference is free of charge. However, accepted speakers and participants in the conference are required to complete a registration form in advance and obtain confirmation in order to secure a place in the conference.
After the conclusion of the conference, all the accepted authors are invited to submit the full updated paper for a possible publication in an edited book.
All presenters and attendees are required to complete the formal registration process before 25 November 2015 in order to secure a place in the conference.
For presenters and public participants and please download this registration form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Conference Venue will be E4-G062, Anthony Lau Building, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade,Taipa, Macau, China.
You could also visit us in Hengqin Campus (E32, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China.
For public transportation to the Campus, please refer to http://www.umac.mo/about_UM_transportation.html