Monica Canafoglia is a Legal Officer at the International Trade Law Division (ITLD), Office of Legal Affairs that serves the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. In her current post she deals with a varied set of tasks, including co-ordination of the CLOUT system (Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts) and the compilation of worldwide case law concerning UNCITRAL legislative texts. Before joining ITLD, Ms. Canafoglia worked for other agencies of the United Nations focusing on human rights, children's rights, and labour rights. She is a qualified lawyer in Italy, her home country, where she specialized in international trade law, and holds a Master of Public Policy and Management degree.
The Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts system (CLOUT) was established, pursuant to a decision of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 1988, 1 to collect and disseminate court decisions and arbitral awards relating to commission legislative texts, with the aim of assisting in the achievement of uniform interpretation and application of those texts. As written in the official documents, “the need for uniform interpretation was realized in drafting all of the UNCITRAL Conventions.”2 As we shall see, the CLOUT system was later supplemented by digests.