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The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Faculty of Law, University of Macau, will jointly host the UNCITRAL-UM Asia-Pacific Fall Conference titled “Trade Development through the Harmonization of Commercial Law” with the support of the Comite Maritime International. It will be held  at Auditorium, Wu Yee Sun Library,  University of Macau, Macau SAR, during 17 and 18 October 2014.

The theme of the conference is particularly designed to explore the question of how trade development can be enhanced through harmonization of commercial law, which is a mandate of international organizations like the UNCITRAL. The theme of the conference is also intended to address the role of regional conduits of international trade like Macau SAR and how harmonization can augment their position.

The six conference tracks namely International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation, Investor-State Dispute Settlement and UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency, International Sale of Goods (CISG & The Hague Principles in International Commercial Contracts), International Transport of Goods and the Rotterdam Rules, Cross-Border Insolvency, and E-Commerce 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, which we believe is critical for the success of the conference. Feel free to contact us at for any queries or suggestions. Thank you.

Conference Venue

The Conference Venue will be Auditorium, Wu Yee Sun Library, University of Macau, Macau SAR, China.

Call for Papers

With an objective to reduce disparities in national and regional regulations that impact international trade, the United Nations Commission on the International Trade (UNCITRAL) was established by the UN General Assembly. As one of the core legal institution of the United Nations, it seeks to progressively harmonize and unify national and regional laws to promote international trade. The UNCITRAL has developed a variety of instruments, including conventions, model laws, and codifications of international trade terms, legislative guides and standards. The UNCITAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific was inaugurated in 2012 to promote harmonization and unification instruments of UNCITRAL in the Asia-Pacific region with the objective of diminishing legal obstacles to global commercial transactions.

Macau SAR, one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, has in recent years established itself as a top gaming and tourism destination in Asia. It is a global city endowed with a well-developed infrastructure for trade and industry. Macau adheres to the free market economy and has in place a simple and low taxation system, autonomous customs and widespread international market network. Macau’s economy has witnessed phenomenal growth rates over the last decade through a rapid expansion in the gaming industry. However, it is currently advancing towards moderate economic diversification, by promoting accelerated growth of its convention and exhibition industry, cultural and creative industries, traditional Chinese medicine and trade in services. It is also striving to become a regional economic and trade services platform, with the ability to provide quality service to investors and traders from all over the world. On the other hand, the Portuguese speaking countries, which spread around in five continents, with an overall consumer market of 0.2 billion people and advantageous geographical location in their respective area, have great potentials to co-operate with China, due to their respective comparative advantages. Thanks to Macao's unique historical and cultural background, the Central Government strongly supports Macao to be developed into an economic and cultural co-operation platform between Mainland China and Portuguese speaking countries. While having strong links with Portuguese speaking countries, being a free port and independent tariff region, Macao also has many merits like a sound legal and financial system, robust economic development and low operational costs. Through Macao as a platform, the trade flow between Mainland China and Portuguese speaking countries will be highly facilitated.

Founded in 1981, University of Macau is the leading university and also the only public comprehensive university in Macau. It is a young but resourceful and ambitious educational institution, with unique Sino-European heritage and global connections. With its ongoing relocation to a new campus in the neighboring Hengqin Island, University of Macau is gearing itself to become a world class university. The Faculty of Law of University of Macau, as the oldest law school in Macau, with diverse and multilingual programs and teaching staff of international background, has been playing a very important role in the promoting legal education and research in Macau and contributing to the building-up of local legal system. It regularly attracts a number of distinguished scholars from European and other countries as visiting professors or for academic exchanges. In addition, the Faculty of Law has also successfully held many high-level international academic conferences and meetings in a range of legal topics.

The UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific will jointly hold its Asia Pacific Fall Conference with the Faculty of Law at the Hengqin Campus, of University of Macau, Macau SAR during 17th and 18th October 2014. The conference with a broad theme of Trade development through the harmonization of commercial law will address critical legal issues in six specific tracks focusing on contemporary international, regional and national developments in the related topics. The conference invites researchers, scholars, and practitioners to share their insightful opinions and important findings of their research related to the conference theme and tracks. Aiming to promote an international dialogue, the conference is now seeking submissions of paper proposals/abstracts to explore the following tracks:

1.        International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation

2.        Investor-State Dispute Settlement and UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency

3.        International Sale of Goods (CISG & The Hague Principles in International Commercial Contracts)

4.        International Transport of Goods and the Rotterdam rules

5.        Cross-Border Insolvency

6.        E-Commerce Law

Registration for the Conference and Fees

The registration for the conference is free of charge. All presenters and attendees are however required to complete the formal registration process by the last date of registration in order to secure a place in the conference.


All papers accepted for presentation in the conference will be included in the conference proceedings. After the conclusion of the conference, the authors will also be invited to submit an updated or revised version of the paper for a possible publication in specific law journals or an edited book.


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All presenters and attendees are required to complete the formal registration process before 15 October 2014 in order to secure a place in the conference.

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You could also visit us in Hengqin Campus(E32, Faculty of Law, University of Macau Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China or call us via+853 8822 4765, contact person: Miss Lili Zhuang. 

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