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The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NatLaw) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institution affiliated with the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and committed to economic development and poverty reduction through commercial and regulatory reform. We collaborate with public officials in developing and emerging economies, development bodies, and multi-lateral institutions to develop model commercial law instruments that achieve widespread adoption. NatLaw also assists with the drafting and implementation of country-specific laws and the design of capacity building initiatives that recognize local peculiarities and practices in areas such as secured transactions and collateral registries, business formation and associations, ADR, investment securities, bankruptcy, e-commerce, banking, microfinance, and legal aspects of distributed ledger technologies.

Our work is comprised of five main areas:

  • Commercial Law Reform & Best Business and Trade Practices
  • Access to Credit for Businesses of all sizes
  • Promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Capacity Building Programs that encourage Training & Education
  • Our NatLaw World Legal Database

NatLaw also convenes many important international conferences, both in Tucson and around the globe, on its own behalf and on behalf of various national governments or international organizations. In particular, NatLaw is one of the conveners of the biennial International Global Secured Transactions Coordination Conference, an event that brings together the world’s top experts in the field of secured transactions and collateral registries to discuss and proffer solutions to access to credit challenges around the world. NatLaw regularly hosts professional training and other capacity building programs, all of which constitute practical extensions of its legal reform agenda.