United Nations – Election of France to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) (17 December 2018)


France was elected for a six-year term to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), as part of the Western group, at the election in New York on December 17.

UNCITRAL, which was established by the UN General Assembly, is the main body responsible for ensuring the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade.

France, which is an important player in international trade, contributes to UNCITRAL’s work. It provides significant legal expertise to the organization and participates in all of its work by sending experts to all of the sessions held by the Commission’s six working groups.

France initiated the work currently being undertaken by UNCITRAL in the areas of digital identity and trust services.

It is very involved in the work focusing on e-commerce and investor-state arbitration.

France is determined to ensure that the work undertaken by UNCITRAL make it possible to ensure the reconciliation of major legal traditions in order to find solutions acceptable to all.

France considers it essential to preserve legal pluralism and linguistic diversity, which are key features of the Commission.