Following her participation in the International Workshop entitled “Improving Small Scale Farmers’ Welfare” organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia in Jakarta on 6 November, Ms Frederique Mestre, Senior Legal Officer visited the Faculty of Law, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where she delivered a lecture on UNIDROIT to the Students of the International Law Course, on 10 November.
On 8-9 November 2017, Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano took part in an Asia-Pacific Regional Event on the Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol and cross-border transferability of Aircraft. The event was jointly organised by the Aviation Working Group (AWG) and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), with the support of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and UNIDROIT, and hosted by the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA). The Seminar addressed the economic benefits of the CTC, including links with the interpretation and implementation of, and compliance with, the CTC provisions, as well as regional and global CTC developments. There was a special focus on actions by civil aviation authorities, as well as a special session dedicated to ICAO’s new activities on the cross-border transfer of aircraft. The event was attended by 99 international participants from 23 countries, and boasted a strong line-up of expert speakers, from both the government and industry, to speak on the Convention and Aircraft Protocol.
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On 6 – 7 of November, the Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano and Senior Legal Officer Ms Frédérique Mestre were invited to Jakarta for Ministerial meetings and to speak at an International Workshop entitled “Improving Small Scale Farmers’ Welfare” organised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia.
On 2-3 November 2017, the 9th Transnational Commercial Law Teachers’ Meeting took place at Radboud University in Nijmegen. The Meeting, among the many topics of particular relevance to UNIDROIT’s Work Programme, featured panels on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols as well as on indirectly held securities. Professor Anna Veneziano participated as a moderator on a panel concerning UNIDROIT’s work on Contract Farming and Land Investment Contracts, which involved presentations by Professor Henry Gabriel (Elon School of Law and UNIDROIT Governing Council Member), and Professor Bruno Zeller (University of Western Australia).
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The second session of the UNIDROIT Committee of Governmental Experts for the preparation of a draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Agricultural, Construction and Mining Equipment (the “MAC Protocol”) was held at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome in the Green Room, from 2 to 6 October 2017. 120 representatives from 51 Governments (33 UNIDROIT member States and 18 non-member States), five regional and intergovernmental organisations and five international non-governmental organisations registered to attend the session.
The Report for the meeting, which includes information on the deliberations of the Committee in relation to each Article, the Report of the Drafting Committee, the amended text to the preliminary draft Protocol and the list of participants is available here.
At the end of the session, the Committee decided that the preliminary draft MAC Protocol was sufficiently advanced to recommend to the UNIDROIT Governing Council that a diplomatic Conference be convened to finalise and adopt the Protocol. The Governing Council will consider the matter at its upcoming 97th session (Rome, 2 – 4 May 2018).
Shot of the seated audience.
On 26 October 2017, UNIDROIT was invited to speak in a Seminar hosted by Swedish Law Firm Hamilton in Stockholm, focussing on the key economic and strategic advantages of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention for the Swedish Rail Industry. The event, which saw the participation of members of the local rail industry and relevant stakeholders, opened with words of welcome from UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni, an introduction by Mr PG Ekbom (Partner, Hamilton Advokatbyrå and Joint Chair of the Nordic Contact Group of the RWG), followed by a presentation on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols provided by UNIDROIT Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano, and an Overview and Current Status of the Rail Protocol presented by Mr Howard Rosen (Chairman of the Rail Working Group). The Seminar then went on to illustrate the practical benefits of the Rail Protocol, with presentations of Mr Rosen and Mr Björn Westerberg (CEO of the Swedish Train Operators’ Association), the Operation of the International Registry (provided by Ms Elizabeth Hirst, Registrar-designate, Regulis SA), the changes the Protocol would bring about in the matters of Creditor repossession on default and insolvency (by Professor Göran Millqvist of the Stockholm Center for Commercial Law), and the Ratification process in Sweden (Ms Louise Petrelius, Legal Adviser of the Division for IP and Transport Law in the Swedish Ministry of Justice).
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|Professor Alberto Mazzoni (President, UNIDROIT)
delivering his opening remarks
|Mr Howard Rosen (Chairman, Rail Working Group)
delivering his presentation
On 25 October 2017, a meeting to coordinate the Preparation of a guidance document on existing texts in the area of international sales law in cooperation with UNCITRAL and the Hague Conference on Private International Law was held in Frankfurt. The Group of Experts as well as representatives of the three Secretariats met with the aim to clarify scope, methodology and timeline of the project. The meeting, kindly hosted by Professor Stefan Vogenauer of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, saw the participation of UNIDROIT Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano, Mr Luca Castellani (Legal Officer - UNCITRAL), Ms Ning Zhao (Senior Legal Officer - HCCH), as well as Professors Pilar Perales Viscasillas (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid), Hiroo Sono (Hokkaido University, School of Law), Lauro Gama (Binenbojm, Gama & Carvalho Britto Advogados), and the remote participation of Professor Neil Cohen (Brooklyn Law School).
From left to right: Ms Ning Zhao, Professor Lauro Gama, Mr Luca Castellani, Professor Pilar
Perales Viscasillas, Professor Anna Veneziano, Professor Stefan Vogenauer, Professor Hiroo Sono.
We all recognise that education is a key tool in protecting cultural property and combating illicit traffic and UCAP is meant to increase the awareness and knowledge about the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. It aims at promoting and linking pertinent national and international research made by entities and Universities holding courses in the field of cultural heritage law, with a particular focus on the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention. It also wishes to promote the development of specific programs or modules.
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