UNIDROIT is currently looking for high achieving young lawyers and law students for internship opportunities in Rome, Italy. Specifically, the Institute is looking for individuals with a specialised legal interest in the following subject areas:
- International Secured Transactions
(with a particular focus on the Cape Town Convention and the future MAC Protocol)
- Agricultural development law
(with a particular focus on land investment contracts and contract farming)
- Social enterprises: developing a “Human Centred-Business Model”
Applications close 31 August 2017. For more information please see the following document:
On 20 July 2017 in Balaclava, Republic of Mauritius, Ministers responsible for culture in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Somalia and South Sudan issued a Joint Statement on Strengthening Synergies for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Eastern Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean Island States. The Statement is built on 10 recommendations from a Regional Conference and Ministerial Roundtable on the protection of Cultural Heritage, organised by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, on 18-19 July 2017.
Experts from UNIDROIT, the International Committee of the Red Cross, INTERPOL, the International Council of Museums, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the African World Heritage Fund, the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa were among the UNESCO partner organizations participating in the conference and sharing their expertise and resources.
Shot of the participants at the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Conference in Mauritius
Following successful cooperation in Peru in 2016 and in Viet Nam in 2017, the APEC member economies have granted UNIDROIT a three-year guest status in the APEC Economic Committee. UNIDROIT looks forwards to future collaborative efforts with APEC to further the economic prosperity of the Asia Pacific region.
On 11 July 2017 UNIDROIT and the Camera Arbitrale Milano hosted a conference on the new 2016 edition of the UNIDROIT Principles in Milan.
The proceedings were conducted in Italian.
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Click here for the Contract Farming Webpage and an access to the full text in all three languages.
Click here for an access to the Community of Practice on Legal Aspects of Contract Farming Webpage.
On 27 June 2017, the Kingdom of Sweden, which is already a Party to 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.
His Excellency, Mr Robert Rydberg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden in Italy, signed the Luxembourg Rail Protocol at a ceremony held at the Unidroit Headquarters in Rome. The Ambassador was received by the Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, the Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Anna Veneziano, and Ms Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary.
Further details about the Luxembourg Protocol and the Cape Town Convention are available at:
On the left, H.E. Mr Robert Rydberg, Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden in Italy;
on the right Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, Secretary-General of UNIDROIT
On 23 June 2017, UNIDROIT had the pleasure of hosting the Italian Arbitration Association’s (AIA) annual conference co-organised with the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (ArbIT). The Conference addressed the topic of Advocacy and Legal Privilege, with a specific focus on Clients and Counsel in Arbitration and Taking of Evidence, attracting an audience from legal practice ( law firms and in-house counsels) and academia alike. UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni and Professor Andrea Giardina (President of AIA), opened the proceedings, which began with a keynote speech by Jennifer Kirby, of Kirby Arbitration, and continued with two panels respectively chaired by Professor Maria Beatrice Deli (Secretary General of AIA) and Valentine Chessa (ArbIT Co-chair, Castaldi Partners), a Q&A session introduced by Andrew G. Paton (De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Studio Legale), and closed by Cristina Martinetti (ArbIt Co-chair, Elexi Studio Legale).
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From left to right: Jennifer Kirby, Alberto Mazzoni, Andrea Giardina, Maria Beatrice Deli.
On 14 June 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a lecture to the students of the Geneva Summer School of International Cultural Heritage Law – University of Geneva on the weaknesses of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention and UNESCO-UNIDROIT Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects.
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