Co-Chair
Christopher
Blake

Co-Chair
Javier Canosa

International Commerce and Distribution Committee

As part of its activities, the International Commerce and Distribution Committee examines legal issues fundamental to the growth and development of international commerce.

About the Committee

As part of its activities, the International Commerce and Distribution Committee examines legal issues fundamental to the growth and development of international commerce.

The Committee deals extensively with issues relating to international sales contracts, agency and distribution, cross-border acquisitions, warranties and financing of international sales.

In addition to reviewing the current legal position in different countries from a comparative perspective, the committee also examines international and supranational instruments, such as the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, Incoterms and the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, as well as, for example, relevant instruments of the European Union and Mercosur.

The committee also focuses on law reform in the fields of law within its scope, and since 1997 has monitored and offered suggestions in connection with the proposed Hague Convention on International Jurisdiction and the Effects of Foreign judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

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Economic sanctions: challenges confronting the cryptocurrency industry

This article examines the growth of the cryptocurrency industry and the US government and private sector’s efforts to respond to the corresponding compliance challenges, including with respect to the criminal actors who have utilised digital assets to launder funds, promote their criminal enterprises, and evade economic and trade sanctions.

First-generation free trade agreement between Colombia and Israel

The long-awaited free trade agreement between Colombia and Israel is finally in force, and holds great opportunities for both parties.

Covid-19 and the FIDIC Form of Contracts

Covid-19 and the FIDIC Form of Contracts – the impact of the lockdown order on building sites.

Malaysian judiciary embraces technology

This article attempts to brief readers on how the Malaysian judiciary responded during the national movement control order (MCO) and conditional movement control order (CMCO) without compromising the public's access to justice.

From the Co-Chairs - International Commerce and Distribution Committee, February 2020

A note from George Ribeiro and Christopher Blake, Co-Chairs of the International Commerce and Distribution Committee.

Projects and reports

Best Practices in Supply Chains (2019)

An International Commerce and Distribution Committee Working Group has developed an overview of best practices in supply chains, to be used as both a checklist for identifying and managing risks and as a guideline for remedies to be put in place.

The assessment of the risks involved with global supply chain management and the necessity to strive for compliance with the various laws and moral principles is more urgent today than during any other time in history. Increased stakeholder expectations, heavy fines resulting from non-compliance with environmental regulations, delayed market access due to complex global trade rules and a multitude of overlapping product integrity requirements are all common challenges.

To manage supply chain compliance requirements efficiently and effectively, organisations need the knowledge, access to information, and ability to interpret the impact of existing compliance requirements. They must also now have the capability to scan the horizon for new and rapidly emerging requirements.

Subcommittees and other groups

The International Commerce and Distribution Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Agency and Distribution Subcommittee
  • Complex Acquisitions Subcommittee
  • Export Controls, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee
  • Financial and Tax Aspects of International Sales Subcommittee
  • Government Procurement Subcommittee
  • International Conventions and Trade Agreements
  • Regional Developments Subcommittee
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Subcommittee