Biography | Renaud Sorieul

Renaud Sorieul | Biography

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Renaud Sorieul is the Director of the International Trade Law Division (ITLD) of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, which functions as the substantive secretariat for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  He is the eighth Secretary of UNCITRAL since the Commission was established by the General Assembly in 1966. He took up his duties on 1 October 2008.

Since he joined the UNCITRAL secretariat in 1989, he was actively involved in the UNCITRAL Working Group on International Payments, which prepared the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Credit Transfers.  He then served as Secretary of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce, which drafted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures.  Since 2002, he was the Secretary of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration and Conciliation.  Since 2005, he was also the Principal Legal Officer, Head of the Legislative Branch of the International Trade Law Division, in charge of supervising the Secretariat support to the standard-making activities of UNCITRAL.

A French national, Mr. Sorieul holds degrees in private law from the University of Paris (Paris II).  He is also a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the École Nationale de la Magistrature.  A member of the French judiciary since 1981, he served as a magistrate in first-degree law courts (1981-1985), and was subsequently appointed a member of the International Criminal Law Division at the Ministry of Justice (1985-1987).  He was then seconded to serve as Head of the Legal Office of the Directorate-General of Energy and Mines, at the Ministry of Industry (1987-1989).

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