UNIDROIT hosted a panel presentation on the challenges and opportunities of financing the space industry on 7 December 2017, featuring a keynote presentation of Tanja Masson- Zwaan (Professor, International Institute of air and space law at Leiden University). The presentation was introduced by Professor Sergio Marchisio (Chairman of the Space Preparatory Commission), and was followed by a panel discussion including Francesco Amicucci (General Counsel, Thales Alenia Space), Oliver Heinrich (Partner, BHO Legal), Souichirou Kozuka (Professor, Gakushuin University) and Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd (Head of Legal and Business Support, DLR).
From left to right: Oliver Heinrich, Francesco Amicucci, Tanja Masson-Zwaan,
Sergio Marchisio, Souichirou Kozuka, and Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd.
The UNIDROIT Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities was launched on 7 December 2017, immediately after the 76th session of the General Assembly. Expert members of the Working Group Francisco J. Garcimartín (Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Maria Chiara Malaguti (Professor, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) provided an overview of the Legislative Guide and discussed its promotion and implementation.
From left to right: Maria Chiara Malaguti, Francisco J. Garcimartín, Anna Veneziano
(Secretary-General a.i. , UNIDROIT), Neale Bergman (Legal Officer, UNIDROIT).
On 7 December 2017, the 76th session of the General Assembly of UNIDROIT was held at the seat of the Institute in Rome. The Ambassador of Indonesia was elected Chairperson of the General Assembly 2017-2018. The Assembly approved the Accounts of the 2016 financial year, adopted the draft Budget for the 2018 financial year and fixed the contributions of member States for that financial year. The Assembly approved the new composition of the Finance Committee and the Review of the compensation and social security package offered to UNIDROIT staff.
On 29 November 2017, the Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire notified UNIDROIT of a subsequent declaration under Article XIX(1) of the Aircraft Protocol. This subsequent declaration will take effect on 1 June 2018.
Further details about the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol are available at
"Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT” page.
The fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the establishment of the International Registry for Space Assets was held in Rome on 6 December 2017. The Commission convened to discuss the progress in the selection of the Registrar, the appointment of a Supervisory Authority, as well as future promotional events for 2018.
Shot of the meeting room
On 30 November 2017, UNIDROIT received Mrs Pham Ho Huong (Deputy DG, Department of International Legislation), and Mrs Tran Thu Huong (Deputy DG, Department of International Cooperation) of the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam, to discuss issues pertaining to the perspective of Vietnam’s accession to UNIDROIT.
On 22 November, a Conference entitled “A Human Centred Business Model: global approach for a New Way of doing Business” was held in Paris, organised by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Conseil supérieur du Notariat, as well as their partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. UNIDROIT was represented by Ms Frédérique Mestre (Senior Legal Officer), who presented on the panel entitled “Governance of HCBM enterprises”, and by its President, Professor Alberto Mazzoni, who provided closing remarks.
|From left to right:
Nicola Bonucci (Legal Director, OCDE),
Alberto Mazzoni (President, UNIDROIT)
|From left to right: Marie-Florence Zampiero
Bouquemont (Notary, Conseil supérieur du notariat),
Laurence Coste (Democratic Governance ,
Head of Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs),
Andrea Zorzi (Professor, University of Florence),
Frédérique Mestre (Senior Legal Officer, UNIDROIT)
On 22 November 2017, the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Lóránd University organised a Conference on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols in Budapest, with the support of the Ministry of Justice of Hungary and participation of UNIDROIT. The conference, on “Recent developments in the law of security interests: the Cape Town Convention, its Protocols and national laws”, was opened by Dr Somssich Réka (Vice Dean of the Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law) and Professor Miklós Király (Dean of the Faculty of Law), and featured 3 panels: one on the Cape Town Convention and the Luxembourg Rail Protocol (Professor Anna Veneziano, Secretary-General a.i.; Elizabeth Hirst, Registrar Designate of the Luxembourg Registry; and Professor Attila Harmathy ELTE University, Faculty of Law ), one on the MAC Protocol (Chaired by Prof. Miklós Király, ELTE University, Faculty of Law, with contributions of William Brydie-Watson, Legal Officer, UNIDROIT and Prof. Dr. Benjamin von Bodungen, German Graduate School of Management and Law), and a third chaired by Dr. István Erdős, ELTE University, Faculty of Law on Recent Developments in National Law with contributions of Dr. Zoltán Nemessányi, Deputy-State Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Hungary and Dr. József Vági, Partner, Kajtár Takács Hegymegi-Barakonyi Baker & McKenzie.
From left to right: István Erdős, Benjamin von Bodungen, William Brydie-Watson,
Anna Veneziano, Miklós Király, Elizabeth Hirst, Attila Haramathy, József Vági.