On 15-17 March 2017, Deputy Secretary General Professor Anna Veneziano participated in the Fourth International UNCITRAL Colloquium on Secured Transactions in Vienna, in a panel entitled Technical assistance in secured transactions: coordination and cooperation with other organizations.. The colloquium was organised to discuss possible future work in the area of secured transactions and related areas further to the completion of UNCITRAL’s work on a guide to enactment of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions.
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Panel on Technical assistance in secured transactions: coordination and cooperation with other
organizations (from left to right): Jeannette Tramhel (Organisation of American States), John Wilson
(International Finance Corporation), Charles Mooney (University of Pennsylvania), Marek
Dubovec (National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade), Ammar Al-Saleh
(European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Anna Veneziano (UNIDROIT).
On the occasion of his mission to Santiago, Chile, the Secretary-General was invited by the Dean of the Law Faculty of the Universidad de los Andes for an official visit on 15 March 2017. During his visit, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria signed a Cooperation Agreement with the University. He also participated in a Seminar for PhD students and Professors delivering a lecture on the UNIDROIT Principles and Long Term Contracts, and delivered a lecture for undergraduates focussing on UNIDROIT’s contribution to transnational commercial law.
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On 14 March 2017, the Secretary-General, Mr. José Angelo Estrella Faria delivered an opening lecture on “The Application of Non-State Laws to International Commercial Arbitration”, in a Conference organised by the University of Talca, Chile, within the context of “Proyecto Anillo MASC CHILE SOC 1406se” entitled “Contracting and International Commercial Arbitration”, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago. The conference featured distinguished speakers such as: Dr. Riccardo Cardilli (Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata. Italy); Dr. José Carlos Fernández Rozas (Professor, University Complutense de Madrid, Spain); Dr. Jorge Oviedo Albán ( Professor, University of la Sabana, Colombia); Dr. María Fernanda Vásquez Palma (Professor, University de Talca, Chile); Dr. Rodrigo Momberg Uribe (Professor, University Católica de Valparaíso, Chile); Dr. Álvaro Vidal Olivares (Professor, University Católica de Valparaíso, Chile); Ignacio García Pujol (Partner, Porzio Ríos García and UNIDROIT Correspondent for Chile); Macarena Letelier Velasco (Executive Director of Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Chamber of Commerce of Santiago); Diego Peralta Valenzuela (Partner, Carey y Cía.); Felipe Bulnes Serrano (Partner, Bulnes, Urrutia y Bustamante and Ex Minister of Justice).
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|Secretary-General, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria,
delivering his lecture.
|From left to right: Professor José Carlos Fernández
Rozas, the Secretary-General, and Professor Jorge
The instrument of accession to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention has been deposited by Tunisia with the Italian Government, Depositary of the Convention, on 2 March 2017 and the Convention will enter into force for Tunisia on 1 September 2017.
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The complete status of the Convention is available at page
On 3 March 2017, France, already a signatory of the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, signed the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, which was adopted in February 2007 at a Diplomatic Conference held in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Rail Protocol will enter into force when the conditions set out in Article XXIII(1) of the Rail Protocol have been satisfied.
At the signing ceremony that took place at the seat of Unidroit in Rome, France was represented by Madame Catherine Colonna, Ambassador of France to Italy. The Deputy Secretary General of Unidroit, Professor Anna Veneziano, underlined that the signature of the Protocol by France is an indication of the commitment of the French government to the development of railway infrastructure in carrying out an environmentally sustainable transport policy. Catherine Colonna expressed words of praise before the signature, specifying that it would contribute to the convergence of rights related to international interests in matters specific to rolling stock, to the benefit of both investors and potential clients.
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|Madame Catherine Colonna –
Ambassador of France to Italy
signing the Luxembourg Rail Protocol
|Ms Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary-General
of UNIDROIT and Madame Catherine Colonna,
Ambassador of France to Italy
The special event on “Promoting and strengthening the international legal framework for the protection of cultural heritage” took place on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at the UN HQ, co-organized by the Missions of Cyprus and Italy to the UN and by UNIDROIT.
During the event, UNIDROIT and the Missions of Cyprus and Italy to the UN announced the establishment of an informal Task Force, open to all States wishing to participate, aimed at the promotion of the wider ratification of the 1995 Unidroit Convention. The Task Force will be coordinated by Unidroit, assisted by the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project which will be launched soon, and will convene on an annual basis in New York, in order to provide a platform for the exchange of views on issues such as the state of ratifications of the Unidroit 1995 Convention, for the promotion of activities aimed at awareness, information and best practices sharing, and for training and education to assist on the accession, ratification and implementation of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention.
On 24-25 February UNIDROIT provided legal expertise at an APEC Seminar on the use of International Instruments to Strengthen Contract Enforcement in Supply Chain Finance for Global Businesses in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. The seminar was sponsored by the Hong Kong Department of Justice and held under the auspices of the APEC Economic Committee's "Strengthening Economic Legal Infrastructure" Group.
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|UNIDROIT Legal Officer William Brydie-Watson
presents at the APEC Seminar in Viet Nam
|Shot of the seated audience|
On 27-28 February 2017, Deputy Secretary General Professor Anna Veneziano participated in the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar 2017 held at the Durham Law School, organised by Professor John Linarelli and Dr Orkun Akseli.
The Seminar focussed on the future of commercial law harmonisation with the emphasis on future agendas for key international harmonising bodies, and the Deputy Secretary General took part with a talk on the past achievements and future challenges of UNIDROIT’s contribution to the harmonisation of commercial law, in a panel with other such organisations.
The seminar also focussed on domestic law harmonisation, with a look at the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project as well as harmonisation efforts the United States has undertaken in its Uniform Law Commission.
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