UNIDROIT would like to remind States and invited organisations that comments on the preliminary draft MAC Protocol were requested by 1 September 2017 for translation and distribution to participants. Comments received after 1 September may not be translated.
States and invited Organisations are also kindly requested to nominate their delegates and to send the completed form and photograph no later than 15 September 2017.
The security procedures of FAO require participants to wear FAO-approved badges containing a photograph of the participant in order to be granted access to the conference rooms. Participants not wishing to find their access to FAO held up on arrival will need to supply colour passport-size photographs for inclusion on their badges by e-mail.
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experts, click here.
On 18 September 2017, Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano delivered a remote presentation on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols at a seminar hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Kyiv on the Luxembourg Rail Protocol. The seminar was opened by Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, HE Volodymyr Omelyan and also addressed by Mark Magaletsky and Jelena Madir from EBRD, Olexiy Soshenko, a partner at Redcliffe Partners, Oleg Shipilov from the MT Group, Elizabeth Hirst, Registrar-designate, Regulis SA and RWG Chairman Howard Rosen. Minister Omelyan set out his clear support for the Protocol and then the seminar looked in detail on the different benefits it would bring to the rail sector in Ukraine and some of the technical issues that would need to be dealt with as part of the adoption process.
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UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni gave the inaugural lecture at ceremonial opening of the Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law, which took place at the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn in London on 14 September 2017. About 100 people attended his lecture, entitled “International Commercial Law Today: Old Habits and New Challenges”, and focussed on the tensions between international commercial law and State regulation , the importance of limiting the harmonisation of commercial law to instruments which accommodate the pragmatic approaches of the business community and the future development of non-State rules.
|Professor Mazzoni (President of UNIDROIT)
delivering his speech.
|Shot of Inaugural Panel (from left to right): Professor
Spyros Maniatis (Head of the Centre for Commercial
Law Studies (CCLS)), Mr Patrick Trostle (Partner,
Jenner&Block), Professor Sir Roy Goode
(Prof. Emeritus University of Oxford).
The second meeting of the Working Group on agricultural land investment contracts took place at UNIDROIT’s seat in Rome on 13-15 September 2017. The Working Group discussed recent developments and general considerations in relation to the work, in particular with respect to the future instrument’s scope, target audience and alignment with existing initiatives (e.g. the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security and the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Foods Systems); examined in detail the draft outline of the future instrument, proposed revisions to that outline and initial drafting contributions for certain chapters; and discussed the organisation of future work, including possible events and other means for raising awareness about the future instrument, consulting stakeholders and seeking their input.
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The sixth annual conference of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project (CTCAP) took place in Oxford On 12-13 September 2017. The Conference brought together around 100 leading scholars, practitioners, government officials, and industry experts to discuss the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols.
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On 8 September 2017, UNIDROIT hosted a Lecture for the 26th edition of the Summer Course on Space Law and Policy of the European Centre for Space Law, which this year was organised by La Sapienza University of Rome.
About 50 lawyers from 29 European Universities attended the lecture, which was held in the UNIDROIT Library. Attendees were given a briefing on UNIDROIT and its activities by Legal Officer Neale Bergman, with a particular focus on the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol, followed by a presentation of the Space Protocol by ECSL Chairman and Chairman of the Commission of the Whole of the of the diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Space Assets (Berlin, 2012). Attendees were then invited for a tour of the Library and the Institute.
Professor Marchisio delivering his lecture on the Space Protocol.
On 7 September 2017, the ELI-UNIDROIT project on Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project was presented at the 2017 ELI Annual Conference in Vienna. ELI President Diana Wallis UNIDROIT and Secretary-General ad interim of UNIDROIT Anna Veneziano co-chaired a panel of the transversal Working Group of the Project, concerned with Structure. The panel presented the first consolidated draft of the Rules resulting from the work of the first three Working Groups (Provisional and Protective Measures, Access to Information and Evidence, and Service of Documents), which had already been presented to the UNIDROIT Governing Council in May 2016 Xandra Kramer (University of the Netherlands), John Sorabji (Judicial Office for England and Wales), Rolf Stürner (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), and Matthias Storme (Institute for Commercial and Insolvency Law, Leuven) presented the progress of the Project. Their presentations were followed by an interesting debate with the active participation of the ELI membership.
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From left to right: Xandra Kramer, John Sorabji,
Diana Wallis, Anna Veneziano, Rolf Sturner, and Matthias Storme.
The instrument of accession to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention has been deposited by Botswana with the Italian Government, Depositary of the Convention, on 28 August 2017 and the Convention will enter into force for Botswana on 1 February 2018.
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