On 20-24 February 2017, the Council of Europe hosts the 4th and conclusive Plenary Meeting for the drafting of the new criminal law Convention aimed at combating the illicit trafficking of cultural property.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, contributed to the work of the Committee on Offences relating to Cultural Property (PC-IBC).
Shot of the conference room
On 17 February 2017, UNIDROIT hosted an event organised with other partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, under the patronage of the Italian Agency for Cooperation for Development, designed to present a the “Human-Centered Business Model: a Holistic Approach to a New Model of Doing Business”. The Project aims to contribute to the development and to pilot a new economically sustainable business model, which, while producing wealth on the one hand, does so in abidance of human rights, by respecting its environment and local community.
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On 9-10 February 2017, the Secretary-General José Angelo Estrella Faria and the Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano, participated in an Invitational Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School entitled “Secured Transactions Coordination Conference: Advancing Global Reforms”. The Secretary-General spoke on a panel entitled “Pursuing Law Reform: International Intergovernmental Organizations—HAGUE CONFERENCE, UNIDROIT, UNCITRAL”, devoted to an overview of the general working methods of the international organizations which lead to the adoption of instruments, particularly in the area of secured transactions. The Deputy Secretary-General participated via video on a panel entitled “Overview of the Law Reform Activities: Existing, in Progress, and Future”, which provided reflections and analysis of some of the instruments and their actual implementation in projects, attempting to identify the reasons for the success or failures of these instruments and projects, as well as any areas of overlap in the existing instruments and the impact of this overlap on their implementation.
The conference, co-sponsored by the International Insolvency Institute, the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, and the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa OHADA, and co-chaired by Charles W. Mooney Jr (Penn Law and International Insolvency Institute) and Marek Dubovec (National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade), featured the participation of more than sixty experts involved in law reform efforts including, among others, a keynote speech by Sir Roy Goode, former member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council.
For the full programme of the conference click here
On 8-9 February, UNIDROIT took part in the two-day conference: “Law Enforcement Authorities and Expertise Competent in the Field of Cultural Goods”. The meeting aimed to take forward actions listed under the EU CULTNET mandate to increase effectiveness of prevention and combating crime against cultural goods on a number of levels, in line with the work programme set out for the year 2017 and within the framework of the Council of the European Union REGULATION doc. No. 14232/12 of 04/10/2012.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, also had a meeting with Hon. Dr. Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Dr. Peter Grech, Attorney General, Ms Catherine Tabone, Director-Culture and Mr Nathaniel Cutajar, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
Corrado Catesi, Director, Works of Art Section, INTERPOL giving his speech.
On 2 February 2017, the Secretary General delivered a Technical Presentation entitled “Towards the Establishment of the International Registry of Secured Interests in Space Objects: The Space Protocol to the Cape Town Convention and Rail Protocol”, during the 54th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (Vienna, 30 January-10 February 2017). The Secretary-General also delivered a Statement during the General Exchange of Views.
On 30 January 2017, the Secretary-General Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria took part in les États généraux de la recherche sur le Droit et la Justice, which took place in Paris (30- 2 February 2017) , organised by the French Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education, the Mission de recherche Droit et Justice (a joint initiative of the CNRS and the Ministry of Justice), the National School of Magistrates, and the CNRS.
The Secretary General sat in a Round Table chaired by Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson (professor of private law, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, as well as scientific director of the “États généraux”), entitled The internationalisation of research and education, which and included discussions on teaching law in a globalised society, and new research centres at European and global level. The Secretary General presented on the topic of “Research in international organisations, the example of UNIDROIT”, among the other contributions of Massimo Vogliotti (professor of legal philosophy, University of Eastern Piedmont), Marc Clément (magistrate, first counsellor of the Administrative court of appeal of Lyon, member of the European Law Institute), Sylvaine Peruzzetto (director of the Société de législation comparée, extraordinary counsellor to the cassation court), Loïc Cadiet (president of the International association of procedural law, professor of private law, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), Diego Fernández-Arroyo (Secretary-general of the International academy of comparative law), Laure Bélanger (magistrate, general director of the Continental law Foundation), Renaud Sorieul, (Secretary of the United Nations Commission for International Commercial Law), and Emmanuel Jolivet (general Counsellor of the International chamber of commerce and International court of Arbitration).
Link to programme
Link to webcast of the Roundtable
The Foundation for the Support of UNIDROIT (UNIDROIT Foundation) is seeking a recent university graduate with a degree in either business, management or marketing (or a related field) to complete a three month paid internship in Rome, Italy. The UNIDROIT Foundation supports the activities of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) by identifying, raising funds, and carrying out activities that are complementary to and supportive of the core work of UNIDROIT.
The primary responsibilities of the intern will be:
· Supporting the design and implementation of a fundraising strategy for the Foundation
· Supporting the design and implementation of a promotional strategy for the Foundation
· Establishing new fundraising partnerships with relevant businesses and organisations
· Organisation of events, meetings and conferences relevant to the work of the Foundation
· Managing updates to the Foundation’s website and social media accounts
On 13 January 2017, UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano delivered a speech at the Colloquium on Protecting Cultural Heritage From Destruction and Trafficking, held at the Council of Europe headquarters, in Strasbourg.
High-level representatives from UNESCO, the International Criminal Court and Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums were also present at the meeting.
Address by Ioannis Kasoulides, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign
Affairs of Cyprus
From left to right: Mr Hans-Holger Herrnfeld, Chair of the Committee
on Offences relating to Cultural Property (PC-IBC); Mr Philippe Boillat,
Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe;
Ms Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary-General of UNIDROIT.