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Hong Kong legal experts join UN trade law group

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, SC (right), and the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Renaud Sorieul sign a Memorandum of Understanding on technical and administrative arrangements on specific matters relating to the loan of legal experts from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to the UNCITRAL Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP).

Hong Kong’s legal experts will work for the first time at the Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP) in South Korea under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), testifying to the vote of confidence in the legal expertise, experience and system of the city.

Under the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, Hong Kong enjoys judicial independence and also accords utmost importance to the rule of law.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said that the forthcoming arrangement will help forge closer relations between the Hong Kong government and UNCITRAL as well as enhance the promotion of harmonization of trade and commercial law in the Asia Pacific region. The arrangement will also offer a valuable opportunity for young aspiring government counsel to contribute to UNCITRAL’s work in international trade law.

Established in 1966 with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, UNCITRAL is the core legal body of the UN system in the field of international trade law. As the first step for UNCITRAL in reaching out and providing technical assistance in international trade law reforms to states in the Asia Pacific region, the RCAP was set up in 2012.


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