Steering Committee Members, Co-Reporters and members of the Working Groups of the ELI-UNIDROIT joint project convened on 5-7 April 2017 in Rome to discuss issues pertaining to the finalisation of the drafts of the first three Working Groups and progress drafts and reports of the other Working Groups. On the first day, the Working Group on “Structure” discussed, together with the Steering Committee and representatives of Co-Reporters of the Working Groups, the consolidated text of three final drafts on ‘Service and due notice of proceedings’, ‘Access to information and evidence’ and ‘Provisional and protective measures’, as well as general points regarding project coordination.
The official part of the Joint Steering Committee Meeting with Members of the Project took place on the next two days, under the chairmanship of the Secretary General of the UNIDROIT, José Angelo Estrella Faria, and the ELI President, Diana Wallis. All Members of the Steering Committee were present as well as Co-reporters and numerous Members of all of the Project’s Working Groups (currently eight WGs: ‘Access to information and evidence’; ‘Provisional and protective measures’; ‘Service and due notice of proceedings’; ‘Obligations of parties, lawyers and judges’; ‘Res judicata and lis pendens’; ‘Judgments’; ‘Parties’; ‘Costs’; and ‘Structure’).
On 4 April 2017 UNIDROIT accepted the Gabonese Republic’s instruments of accession to the Aircraft Protocol and of acceptance of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment which were deposited with UNIDROIT on 16 April 2010. The Convention and the Aircraft Protocol will formally enter into force for the Gabonese Republic on 1 August 2017. The Luxembourg Rail Protocol will enter into force when the conditions under its Article XXIII(1) have been satisfied. Further details about the Convention and its Protocols are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT" page.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, took part to a three-day workshop on the ethics of collections and fight against illicit traffic of cultural heritage in the GCC, organised by UNESCO and the Tourism and Culture Authority of the UAE, in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from 2 to 4 April 2017.
The workshop is part of UNESCO’s capacity building initiatives and it is the first workshop of its kind in the region bringing together representatives of culture authorities from the GCC, public and private museums, collectors and auction houses as well as experts from institutions such as UNESCO, INTERPOL, WCO-OMD, ICOM, UNODC.
|Shot of the participants to the Workshop.||Group Photo of Workshop participants.|
On March 31, 2017, the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and UNIDROIT co-hosted a conference at UIBE’s campus in Beijing, China, on the topic of “The Belt and Road Initiative and Dispute Resolution: Focusing on the UNIDROIT Principles, International Arbitration and Judicial Adjudication”. The speakers and participants were welcomed by Mr Wang Jiaqiong, President of UIBE, Professor Shi Jingxia, Dean of UIBE Law School and Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council, and heard a written address from Mr Wan Exiang, Vice Chairman of the 12th National People’s Congress Standing Committee and addresses from Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, the Secretary-General of UNIDROIT and Mr Wang Chengjie, the Secretary-General of CIETAC. More than 20 guest speakers from China, Brazil, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Macao Special Administrative Region attended the meeting, and there were more than 200 participants from domestic and foreign universities, the Ministry of Commerce, the Supreme People’s Court and other relevant government departments, the Beijing Lawyers Association, well-known law firms and arbitration institutions.
From left to right: Mr Li Xiaomeng, International Department Director of UIBE, Mr Neale
Bergman, Legal Officer (UNIDROIT), Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, Secretary-General
of UNIDROIT, Mr Wang Jiaqiong, President of UIBE, Mr Wang Chengjie, Secretary General
of CIETAC, Professor Shi Jingxia, Dean of UIBE Law School, Professor Fu Jun of UIBE
Group photo of speakers
On 30-31 March 2017, UNIDROIT was invited to take part to the first G7 Culture meeting in the history of G7, hosted by Italy in Florence.
The Ministerial meeting attended by Prof. Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary general of UNIDROIT, was preceded by a technical meeting on challenges and opportunities of the existing legal framework, best strategies and preventive measures for safeguarding cultural property from illicit trafficking, and awareness-raising and education’s improvement to which UNIDROIT contributed.
The Declaration signed by the seven Ministers of Culture urges States to strengthen safeguarding and preservation of cultural heritage, to identify and share appropriate best practices for fighting every form of illegal activity in this field, as well as to ratify the existing relevant Conventions against trafficking in cultural property such as the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.
Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Culture of G7.
Shot of the conference room.
The UNIDROIT Committee on Emerging Markets Issues, Follow-up and Implementation (CEM) – established at the diplomatic Conference to adopt a Convention on Substantive Rules regarding Intermediated Securities (Geneva, 5-9 October 2009) – held its fourth meeting in Beijing, China, on 29-30 March 2017, at the kind invitation of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), which jointly hosted with the China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited (CSDC). Among the attendees were CSRC Chairman Liu Shiyu; Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai; Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and Dean of Law School at the University of International Business & Economics (UIBE) Ms Shi Jingxia; UNIDROIT Secretary-General José Angelo Estrella Faria; Co-Chair of the CEM and Deputy General Manager of CSDC’s Beijing Branch Ms Niu Wenjie; and Co-Chair of the CEM and Chief Operating Officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil Mr Alexandre Pinheiro Dos Santos.
On the first day of the meeting, a Colloquium on Financial Markets Law was held, with the theme of “Enhancing and Ensuring Legal Certainty in Both Current and Future Holding Systems”, during which there were fruitful discussions on a variety of issues related to UNIDROIT’s financial markets instruments, the latest developments and relevant legal concerns arising from securities holding systems. The Colloquium also considered how to address the rapid development of financial technology, in particular distributed ledger technologies, in order to enhance the legal certainty of securities holding systems. On the second day of the meeting, the Members and Observers of the CEM reviewed in detail the draft Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities and ultimately recommended that it be submitted to the UNIDROIT Governing Council for review and adoption at its 96th session (Rome, 10-12 May 2017).
For more information about the fourth meeting, please see (1) the CSRC’s press release, which is available in English and Chinese, and (2) UNIDROIT’s webpage containing the meeting documents and Colloquium programme at this link.
Photo of the opening session of the Colloquium.
On 28 March 2017, the Secretary-General was invited to participate in a Symposium on the Luxembourg Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock. The Symposium, organised by the Treaty & Law Department of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM) and hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), was addressed to industry stakeholders and government officials and aimed to provide an understanding of the benefits of the Rail Protocol, its overall impact, the functioning of the Registry, as well as an assessment based on the Aircraft Protocol. The Symposium was opened by Mr. YE Jun (Deputy Director General, Treaty & Law Dept, MOFCOM), and Professor SHI Jingxia (Dean UIBE Law School), Mr LIU Keyi (Deputy Director, Domestic Trade Law Divisions, Treaty & Law Dept, MOFCOM) and featured presentations by the Secretary-General on the Rail Protocol and by Ms Elizabeth Hirst (Managing Director, Regulis SA - Registrar Designate of the International Registry under the Rail Protocol) on the functioning of the International Rail Registry.
Click here for the Agenda.
| Deputy Director General of the
Treaty and Law Department of
MOFCOM, Mr YE Jun, delivering
his opening remarks.
|Secretary-General of UNIDROIT
Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria
delivering his presentation.
|Managing Director of Regulis SA
(Registrar Designate of the
International Registry under the
Rail Protocol), Ms Elizabeth Hirst
delivering her presentation.
Group Photo of the Participants to the Symposium.
Between 28 and 30 March 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, participated in the work of INTERPOL’s forum “Unity For Security”, held in Abu Dhabi and organised in partnership with the United Arab Emirates and the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World, under the patronage of his Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
The forum brought together Ministers with responsibility for security portfolios, senior police officials, representatives from the private sector as well as experts to collectively address common issues and to identify their responsibility in implementing a global policing architecture to combat future threats.
|Ms Marina Schneider,
UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary
|Shot of the conference room|