Biography

Luca Castellani is the Head of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP) located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He was formerly a legal officer in the secretariat of UNCITRAL, where he was tasked with the functions of secretary of the Electronic Commerce Working Group, and with the promotion of the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of goods and electronic commerce. He is a member of the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UN NExT) Legal Advisory Group.

After graduating in law from the University of Torino, he received a doctoral degree in comparative law from the University of Trieste and a Master in International Law from New York University. He was admitted to the bar in Italy and held research lecturing positions in Italy (Università del Piemonte Orientale) and Eritrea (University of Asmara).

Luca joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the United Nations in New York in 2001, working at its Treaty Section, and moved to the International Trade Law Division (discharging the functions of UNCITRAL secretariat) in Vienna, Austria, in 2004. He served as legal advisor to the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2008. In 2010 he worked as Programme Officer, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), dealing with issues relating to the use of electronic means in the prevention of corruption.

He has published in the fields of international trade law and comparative law, dealing in particular with sale of goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries.