UNCITRAL RCAP-UM JOINT CONFERENCE 2021
Conquering The Covid: Enhancing Economic Recovery Through Harmonization Of Law Governing MSMEs

Date: 17 December 2021
Venue: E32-G020, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

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The UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Faculty of Law, University of Macau, will host the UNCITRAL RCAP-UM Joint Conference 2021, the event celebrating the 2021 UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day, titled “Conquering The Covid: Enhancing Economic Recovery Through Harmonization Of Law Governing MSMEs” at the University of Macau, Macau SAR, on 17 December 2021. The supporting institutions of the Conference are World Trade Center Macau Arbitration Center (Macau SAR) and Shanghai Arbitration Commission (Shanghai, China).

Conference Introduction

As the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) seeks to progressively harmonize and modernize trade laws by preparing and promoting the adoption and use of legislative and non-legislative instruments in a number of key areas of commercial law. UNCITRAL RCAP (Incheon, Republic of Korea) was inaugurated in 2012 to promote the work of UNCITRAL in the Asia-Pacific region and provide technical assistance to the states with respect to the implementation and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts, thereby diminishing legal obstacles to global commercial transactions.

University of Macau, founded in 1981, is the leading comprehensive public university in Macau. It is resourceful and ambitious educational institution, with unique Sino-European heritage and global connections. In 2017, it has been ranked within the top-50 universities in Asia by the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings. Since 2019 it is ranked within the top-100 Asian University Rankings in QS World University Rankings. In 2020 the Faculty of Law of University of Macau, which is the oldest law school in Macau, was ranked 91 among law schools in QS World University Rankings.

Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China has 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 is currently advancing towards moderate economic diversification, 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. With its unique historical and cultural background, Macau has also been designated as a platform for promoting economic and trade exchanges between China and Lusophonic Countries.

On 17 of December 2021 the UNCITRAL RCAP-UM Joint Conference, the event celebrating the 2021 UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day, is scheduled in the University of Macau (Macau SAR). This is the annual conference rising from the successful cooperation between the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) and University of Macau since 2014. The supporting institutions of the Conference are World Trade Center Macau Arbitration Center (Macau SAR) and Shanghai Arbitration Commission (Shanghai, China).

Tracks of the Conference

The UNCITRAL RCAP-UM Joint Conference 2021 brings together a group of distinguished experts and scholars to analyze contemporary issues related to the current agenda of UNCITRAL, also as the emerging practices and legal instruments resulting from its works. The conference will focus on the following topics:

1. MSMEs formation: simplification of practices in business registration and transformation of business establishment procedures.
2. Creating congenial legal environment for MSMEs in special economic zones through legal harmonization: regional developments including the Guangdong-Macao in-depth Cooperation Zone.
3. MSME Financing: Financial support, access to credit, and sustainable finance for MSMEs & MSE insolvency, further efforts of UNCITRAL to simplify insolvency procedures, and unify insolvency law.
4. Promotion of viable dispute resolution mechanisms for MSMEs through adaptation of arbitration and mediation.
5. Contemporary legal developments facilitating the establishment and the successful operation of the MSMEs.

Date and Venue

The conference will be held on 17 December 2021. The venue of the conference is E32-G020, Faculty of Law, University of Macau, Macau SAR (澳門大學法學院(E32) G020室).
Please, note, that offline participants should follow all the anti-epidemic measures and requirements.

Registration for the Conference

The participation is free of charge. Participants should apply for registration in advance and obtain confirmation in order to secure a place in the conference. The deadline for registration is 16 December 2021.

Please click the link to view the registration form: Registration Form