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UNCITRAL – United Nations Commission On International Trade Law

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UNCITRAL, which is located at the UN Office Vienna, is assigned as an organ for international trade law (Trade, International Law of) to the UN Office of Legal Affairs. It runs a bureau with currently 10 legal specialists for international law (including the Secretary of UNCITRAL) and 7 office staff members, forming the secretariat of UNCITRAL. UNCITRAL - due to the increased demand for uniform trade law standards in a globalized world - has faced a growing workload in this first decade of the new millennium. To meet this challenge, it has considerably increased the number of its permanent working groups since 2002. The Commission currently has six permanent working groups (I: Procurement (since 2004); II: International arbitration and conciliation; III: Transport law (since 2002); IV: electronic commerce; V: Insolvency law; VI: Security interests (since 2002)).

Keywords: electronic commerce; International arbitration; International Trade Law; transport law; UN Office of Legal Affairs; UNCITRAL



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