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UNCITRAL Asia and Pacific Day



10 December 2015

Free Public Lecture

  • Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
  • Venue: Law G.06 Moot Court, The University of Western Australia
  • RSVP not required


  • Time: 3:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Venue: UWA CBD Office, WA Trustees Building Level 2, 133 St Georges Terrace Perth, Western Australia
  • Standard Fee: $165.00 (GST included)
  • UWA Postgraduate Fee: $75.00 (GST included)
  • Online Registration and Payment


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UWA Aerial shot including Swan River

To mark the anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), seven reputable universities across the Asia Pacific region are participating in UNCITRAL Asia & Pacific Day.  The University of Western Australia is proud to host UNCITRAL for two separate events on this occasion, both on 10th December 2015. 

UNCITRAL Asia & Pacific Day Lecture

UNCITRAL nearing 50: Challenges and Perspectives for Uniform Commercial Law Reform

A free public lecture scheduled for 11:00am on the picturesque campus of The University of Western Australia, at the social sciences lecture theatre. Mr Luca Castellani of UNCITRAL will discuss the work of UNCITRAL seen, in particular, from the perspective of his experience as founding head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific. Why are uniform law and UNCITRAL important for Australia? How does commercial law reform relate to fighting poverty and promoting peace and stability? Why official development assistance often neglects programs aimed at reforming commercial law despite support for furthering the rule of law? These are some of the thought-provoking issues that will be dealt with in this lecture. Don't miss this opportunity to hear first-hand about commercial law reform.

UNCITRAL Asia & Pacific Day Symposium (CPD points available)

New Uniform Laws for Western Australia: Arbitration, Sales and Electronic Transactions

The seminar will take place in the afternoon between 3:00pm to 5.30pm at the UWA CBA office. In this seminar Mr Luca Castellani (UNCITRAL), Dr Lisa Spagnolo (Monash) and Professors Gabriel Moens (Curtin) and Camilla Baasch Andersen (UWA) will share their insights with invited practitioners and the judiciary on new developments shaped by UNCITRAL.

Luca CastellaniLuca Castellani

Legal Officer
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Mr Castellani will discuss the changes introduced with the 2011 reform of the (WA) Electronic Transactions Act in order to prepare for the formal adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts by Australia, and the benefits that will arise from the adoption of that Convention, in particular, in the fields of arbitration and of international sale of goods.


Gabriel MoensGabriel Moens

Professor of Law and Director of Research
Curtin University

In his talk, The UNCTRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration: Its influence on Australian Arbitration Law and the ACICA Arbitration Rules, Professor Moens will briefly discuss the scope and application of the UNCITRAL Model Law in Australia. He will also assess the impact of the Model Law on Australian arbitration law and practice. In addition, he will recommend the adoption of a number of amendments to the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) to bring the legislation in line with the Model Law.


Lisa SpagnoloLisa Spagnolo

Professor of Law
Monash Univeristy

Dr Spagnolo will speak on The CISG as a Tool for Improving Market Efficiency and Adding Value to Global Supply Chains. The CISG has been slowly growing in popularity. Although previously only adopted in a few nations in the Asia Pacific, it has recently been ratified by some major players, with more on the horizon. But is it useful? Can it improve market efficiency? What exactly is known about its impact and effects? Should contractual parties avoid it or utilize it? This discussion covers all of these issues, raising points that will be of interest to anyone involved in international sales.

Camilla AndersenCamilla Andersen

Professor of Law and Director of Higher Degrees (Research)
The University of Western Australia

Professor Camilla Andersen will round off the lectures with her talk on The Promise of Internationalization... Are We Making the Most of our UNCITRAL Commitments? She will address several issues arising from the application of uniform UNCITRAL instruments, including the New York Convention, UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, and the 1980 Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Prof Andersen will examine ways to benefit more from their application, value the internationalization they bring, and beware of their inherent risks, including some ethical issues.

Full attendance at the evening symposium entitles a legal practitioner to 1.5 legal Continuing Professional Development points in Competency Area 3, Ethics and Professional Responsibility (0.5) and Competency Area 4, Substantive Law (1).