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.