Luca Castellani (1968) is a legal officer in the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), where he is tasked with the functions of secretary of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) and with the promotion of the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of goods and electronic commerce. He is currently 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 in 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).
He 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 its International Trade Law Division (discharging the functions of UNCITRAL secretariat) in Vienna, Austria, in 2004. He also served as legal advisor to the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2008, and as Programme Officer, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2010, dealing with issues relating to the use of electronic means in the prevention of corruption.
He 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.