The instrument of accession to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention has been deposited by Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Italian Government, Depositary of the Convention, on 8 May 2017 and the Convention will enter into force for Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1 November 2017.
Further details about the Convention are available at page.
The complete status of the Convention is available at page.
The 96th session of the Governing Council of the Institute was held in Rome, from 10 to12 May 2017. The Council examined the progress of the projects underway and the implementation of those completed, including the status of the conventions adopted. The Council further adopted and authorised the publication of the UNIDROIT Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities.
On the afternoon of 12 May, an international colloquium on "The Impact of EU Law on National Private Law Competition, Internal Market, Directives, Ex Officio Application" was held.
The first meeting of the Working Group on agricultural land investment contracts took place at UNIDROIT’s seat in Rome on 3-5 May 2017, with the objective of receiving expert input on how to better define the contours of the work, in particular with respect to the possible scope of the instrument. The Group discussed, inter alia, UNIDROIT and its work on private law and agricultural development; general considerations in relation to the work on agricultural land investment contracts, including alignment of the work with existing initiatives (e.g. the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security and the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Foods Systems) and co-operation with the UN agricultural development agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders; the possible structure of the future instrument; and the organisation of future work.
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On 3 May 2017, Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano took part in an event on the Cape Town Convention, the Aircraft Protocol, and select other international aviation topics in Dubai.
The event, organised by the Aviation Working Group, was hosted by the General Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates (GCAA), with the support of UNIDROIT and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The Deputy Secretary General delivered opening remarks together with Mr Omar Bin Ghaleb (Deputy Director General of the GCAA) and Messrs Daniel da Silva (VP Strategic Regulatory Policy, Boeing) and Claude Brandes (VP customer finance, Airbus), and moderated the session concerning Legal aspects of the Cape Town Convention.
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|Shot of seated audience||Deputy Director of GCAA
Mr Omar Bin Ghaleb
delivering his opening remarks
|Deputy Secretary General
Professor Anna Veneziano
delivering her opening remarks
The new edition of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (UNIDROIT Principles 2016), unanimously adopted by the Governing Council of the Institute at its 95th session in May 2016, has now been published in English and French. The new edition contains a number of additions and amendments, above all to the comments, to meet the special needs of long-term contracts.
On 19 April 2017, the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain notified UNIDROIT of subsequent declarations under Article XXX(1), (2) and (3) of the Aircraft Protocol. These subsequent declarations will take effect on 1 November 2017. Further details about the Aircraft Protocol are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT" page.
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.