On June 25, 2021, The CISG@40 Celebration Conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law(“UNCITRAL”), the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade(“CCPIT”) and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”) was held in Beijing. The Vice Chairman of CCPIT Lu Pengqi, and Director General of MOFCOM’s Department of Treaty and Law Li Yongjie attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Secretary of UNCITRAL Anna JOUBIN-BRET delivered a keynote speech via video. Vice Chairman and Secretary General of CIETAC Wang Chengjie, presided over the opening ceremony.
During the conference, representatives from international organizations and the Belt and Road countries, well-known legal scholars and experts on dispute settlement at home and abroad focused on four topics, including “Experience and Challenges of Application of CISG in China” “CISG—Right Solution for B&R Trade Disputes” “E-CISG” and “Dispute Settlement Regarding Sales of Goods”, sharing the latest practical results of the Convention in the dispute settlement of the international sales of goods.
The Director of Beijing Normal University Internet Policy and Law Research Center and Senior arbitrator Xue Hong, along with the Founding Partner of Beijng Huanzhong & Partners and Senior arbitrator WANG Xuehua, Legal Officer in the Secretariat of the UNCITRAL Luca CASTELLANI, Former Chair of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce and Vice President of the UK-based Forum on International Conciliation and Arbitration (FICA) Jeffrey Chan, Vice President and General Counsel of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Advisory Body of Legal Affairs (ABLM) of International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and Senior arbitrator Yang yuntao, Legal and Policy Expert at Tencent and Researcher at Wuhan University Center of Economic Diplomacy Wang Youyou, presented at the Session 3 “E-CISG”.
The speakers at the conference focused on the application of the Convention in the digital economy era, and discussed the unified framework of e-commerce contract law provided by UNCITRAL, the role of intellectual property in digital trade, the constraints and development trends faced by electronic bills of lading, and the impact on the development of the Convention in the digital era. They pointed out that the Convention should conform to the trend of the times and promptly respond to the new needs of digital development, and then they put forward ideas for the improvement the Convention in the digital era.
The conference was held both online and offline, and the online platform was broadcast to a global audience of more than 46,000 people from nearly 40 countries and regions.