On 11 July 2017 UNIDROIT and the Camera Arbitrale Milano hosted a conference on the new 2016 edition of the UNIDROIT Principles in Milan.
The proceedings were conducted in Italian.
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On 27 June 2017, the Kingdom of Sweden, which is already a Party to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, signed the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, which was adopted in February 2007 at a diplomatic Conference held in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Rail Protocol will enter into force when the conditions set out in Article XXIII(1) of the Rail Protocol have been satisfied.
His Excellency, Mr Robert Rydberg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden in Italy, signed the Luxembourg Rail Protocol at a ceremony held at the Unidroit Headquarters in Rome. The Ambassador was received by the Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, the Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Anna Veneziano, and Ms Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary.
Further details about the Luxembourg Protocol and the Cape Town Convention are available at:
On the left, H.E. Mr Robert Rydberg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden in Italy;
on the right Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria, Secretary-General of UNIDROIT
On 23 June 2017, UNIDROIT had the pleasure of hosting the Italian Arbitration Association’s (AIA) annual conference co-organised with the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR (ArbIT). The Conference addressed the topic of Advocacy and Legal Privilege, with a specific focus on Clients and Counsel in Arbitration and Taking of Evidence, attracting an audience from legal practice ( law firms and in-house counsels) and academia alike. UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni and Professor Andrea Giardina (President of AIA), opened the proceedings, which began with a keynote speech by Jennifer Kirby, of Kirby Arbitration, and continued with two panels respectively chaired by Professor Maria Beatrice Deli (Secretary General of AIA) and Valentine Chessa (ArbIT Co-chair, Castaldi Partners), a Q&A session introduced by Andrew G. Paton (De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Studio Legale), and closed by Cristina Martinetti (ArbIt Co-chair, Elexi Studio Legale).
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From left to right: Jennifer Kirby, Alberto Mazzoni, Andrea Giardina, Maria Beatrice Deli.
On 14 June 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a lecture to the students of the Geneva Summer School of International Cultural Heritage Law – University of Geneva on the weaknesses of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention and UNESCO-UNIDROIT Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects.
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On 14 June 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland notified UNIDROIT of subsequent declarations under Articles 39(1)(a)-(b), 39(4), 52, 53 and 54(2) of the Convention and under Articles XXIX, XXIX, XXX(1), XXX(2) and XXX(3) of the Aircraft Protocol to extend the Convention and Aircraft Protocol to another two territorial units. These subsequent declarations will take effect on 1 January 2018.
Further details about the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT (Cape Town Convention)" and "Depositary Function of UNIDROIT (Aircraft Protocol)" pages.
On 9 June 2017, the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of UNIDROIT were both invited to deliver lectures in the 5th Edition of the Masters LUISS Business and Company Law: European and International Perspectives, where the Secretary General delivered lectures on Introduction to International Commercial Law and Introduction to International Commercial Contracts, and the Deputy Secretary-General delivered a lecture on the Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts.
From left to right: Mr Ercole De Vito (Member of the B&C Law Steering Committee),
Professor Anna Veneziano (Deputy Secretary-General, UNIDROIT),
Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria (Secretary-General, UNIDROIT),
Professor Barbara De Donno (B&C Law, Academic Director).
On 26 May 2017 UNIDROIT accepted the Kingdom of Swaziland’s instrument of accession to the Aircraft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The Convention and the Aircraft Protocol will formally enter into force for the Kingdom of Swaziland on 1 September 2017. Further details about the Convention and its Protocols are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT" page.