Switzerland is elected a member of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Press Release, FDJP, 18.11.2003

On 17th November 2003 the UN General Assembly for the first time elected Switzerland to the UN Commission on International Trade Law for the period from 2004 – 2010. Switzerland previously held observer status at UNCITRAL. It became eligible for membership on joining the UN a year ago.

60 countries representing a wide range of economic and legal systems are members of UNCITRAL, which was founded in 1966 and has its headquarters in Vienna. They include industrial nations, developing countries and transition countries. UNCITRAL champions the global harmonisation of international trade law, thus making a major contribution to the removal of legal obstacles to world trade. It also advocates a more secure legal framework for developing and transition countries. Switzerland as a country with a strong export orientation is very interested in playing a key role in the formulation of international trade law.

UNCITRAL products include for example the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods of 1980 and the 1996 Model Law on Electronic Commerce. Working groups are currently preparing legislation in the areas of International Arbitration, Transport Law, Insolvency Law and Secured Transactions. These projects and the work of the Commission in general serve the overriding objective of combating trade abuses and economic crime.

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