In advance of the first session of the UNIDROIT Committee of Governmental Experts for the preparation of a draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Agricultural, Construction and Mining Equipment (the “MAC Protocol”), UNIDROIT invited member States and States parties to the Cape Town Convention to attend a half-day symposium to discuss key aspects of the project. The symposium took place at the Seat of UNIDROIT in Rome on Friday 2 December 2016. Experts in international secured transactions law that were involved in the MAC Protocol Study Group made various presentations on the project which are now available on the MAC Protocol page.
Panel of experts and UNIDROIT staff addressing the MAC Protocol Symposium
On 1 December 2016, the 75th session of the General Assembly of UNIDROIT was held at the seat of the Institute in Rome. The Ambassador of Brazil was elected Chairman of the General Assembly 2016-2017. The Assembly approved the Accounts of the 2015 financial year, adopted the draft Budget for the 2017 financial year and fixed the contributions of member States for that financial year. The Assembly approved the Work Programme of the organisation for the 2017-2019 triennium. The Assembly expressed its solidarity with Brazil for the recent tragic plan crash that had caused so many casualties.
Shot of seated delegations.
Ms. Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, attended the Regional meeting for combating illicit trafficking in cultural property, held from November 28 to December 2, 2016, in Antigua, Guatemala.
The encounter had the purpose of creating an operational regional network in Central America to pursue efforts in the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property through international and inter-institutional cooperation. This framework also promotes the creation of mechanisms to properly implement the 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention.
Experts from, among others, UNESCO, WCO, INTERPOL and ICOM were present at the meeting.
Shot of the seated audience
A Symposium was held in Rome at the seat of Unidroit on Wednesday 30 November to address the latest developments regarding the Luxembourg Rail Protocol and the benefits of becoming a party thereto. The symposium was open to appointed government officials of all UNIDROIT member States and States parties to the Cape Town Convention, and garnered the participation of over 50 delegates representing these States and Industry Stakeholders. The Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria and the Secretary-General of OTIF, Mr Francois Davenne, opened the event, which featured panels focussing on the Emerging Opportunities of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, Updates from the Ratification Task Force, and a Roundtable on the benefits of the Protocol for the financing in the rail sector. The audience heard perspectives on these topics from panellists Mr Howard Rosen (Chairman of the Rail Working Group), Ms Elizabeth Hirst (Registrar Designate of the International Registry), Mr Peter Bloch and Ms Mervi Kaikkonen (Co-Chairs of the Preparatory Commission and Ratification Task Force). The Panels were followed by a Roundtable on the benefits of the Protocol for the financing in the rail sector with Mr Olivier Desfontaines, Head of Railway Finance at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Ms Roberta Odoardi, Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, chaired by Mr Howard Rosen. The Symposium also benefitted from a statement provided by the Ambassador of Mozambique, H.E. Maria Manuela Lucas, reiterating the importance of Mozambique’s recent signature and its intention to proceed to ratification.
On Friday, 25 November, the Secretary General Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria and Ms Marina Schneider, Senior Officer and Treaty Depositary of UNIDROIT, received Ms Elira Kokona, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Ms Ledia Mirakaj, representative of the Ministry of Culture at the Albanian Embassy in Rome, for a meeting concerning Cultural Heritage. The meeting was an occasion for an exchange of views and experiences in light of legislative developments in this regard in Albania and the future accession of Albania to the 1995 UNIDROT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.
|On the left: Handshake between Secretaries General Ms Elira Kokona (Ministry of Culture, Albania) and Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria (UNIDROIT).
On the right: Ms Marina Schneider (Legal officer and Treaty Depositary, UNIDROIT) and Ms Ledia Mirakaj (Ministry of Culture representative, Albanian Embassy in Rome).
The Members of the ELI-UNIDROIT Project “From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure” met on 21-22 November in Vienna to discuss the advanced drafts of the three initial Working Groups, ‘Access to information and evidence’, ‘Service and due notice of proceedings’, and ‘Provisional and protective measures’. The ELI President, Diana Wallis, and the UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary-General, Anna Veneziano, opened the two-day meeting welcoming the participants of the meeting, Project’s Reporters, Working Group Members, Advisers and Observers. The Representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, Members of the UNIDROIT Governing Council, private practitioners, and academics, attended the event and contributed with valuable remarks and comments on the presented draft rules.
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|Shot of seated audience in the Sala Terrena of Palais Trautson, Vienna||The Steering Committee of the ELI-UNIDROIT Project|
On 23 November 2016 UNIDROIT Secretary-General José Angelo Estrella Faria, Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano and Legal Officer William Brydie-Watson received a delegation from the BRICS Law Institute at the Ural State Law University in Russia. The delegation was headed by President of the Ural State Law University Professor Victor D. Perevalov and further comprised of Director of the BRICS Law Institute Professor Danil V. Vinnitskiy and Academic Chairman of IBFD Professor Pasquale Pistone. The delegation discussed with the Secretariat potential future cooperation projects related to the use of soft law instruments to influence the development and reform of domestic law.
|From right to left: UNIDROIT Secretary-General José Angelo Estrella Faria, President of the Ural State Law University Professor Victor D. Perevalov, UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano, Director of the BRICS Law Institute Professor Danil V. Vinnitskiy and Academic Chairman of IBFD Professor Pasquale Pistone.|
On 16-18 November 2016, UNIDROIT Secretary-General José Angelo Estrella Faria, participated in the Thematic Conference on Enforcement and Effectiveness of the Law organised by the International Academy of Comparative Law. The Secretary-General spoke on a panel dedicated to The Role of International Organizations with a presentation on Strategies for the Enforcement of International Conventions.
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