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.
On 9-12 January 2017, the Council of Europe hosted the third Plenary Meeting for the drafting of a new criminal law Convention aimed at combating the illicit trafficking of cultural property. Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, contributed to the work of the Committee on Offences relating to Cultural Property (PC-IBC).
Shot of the conference room
Beirut, Lebanon: on 14 and 15 December 2016, Ms. Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, participated in the Conference to Assess the Implementation of UNSC Resolution 2911/2015 for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East with delegations from Iraq and Syria, the latter chaired by Prof. Dr. Maamoun Abdelkarim, Director-General of the Directorate-General for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM).
The Conference set goals in the fight against illicit trafficking of Syrian and Iraqi cultural property. The experts present at the meeting emphasized the importance of having specialised police units and national databases on stolen objects connected to the INTERPOL database. The strengthening of domestic legislations to compel with the provisions of major international conventions in the field, such as UNESCO and UNIDROIT Conventions was also discussed.
Shot of the seated audience
The third informal meeting for the preparation and review of the draft Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities was held at UNIDROIT’s seat on 12-13 December 2016, during which a group of experts carefully reviewed comments received from States and interested Organisations and stakeholders on the draft Legislative Guide. Based on those comments and the expert input received at the meeting, the Secretariat expects a revised draft of the Legislative Guide to be ready by the end of January 2017 for circulation for review and comments in the lead up to the fourth meeting of the Committee on Emerging Markets, which will be held in Beijing on 29-30 March 2017 at the kind invitation of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
More information about the Committee on Emerging Markets and draft Legislative Guide on Intermediated Securities is available here.
On 17 November 2016 the Kingdom of Swaziland’s instrument of accession to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment was deposited with UNIDROIT. The Kingdom of Swaziland made no declaration. Pursuant to Article 49(2) of the Convention, the Convention will enter into force only after the entry into force of a protocol. Further details about the Convention are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT" page.
In advance of the first 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”), UNIDROIT invited member States and States parties to the Cape Town Convention to attend a half-day symposium to discuss key aspects of the project. The symposium took place at the Seat of UNIDROIT in Rome on Friday 2 December 2016. Experts in international secured transactions law that were involved in the MAC Protocol Study Group made various presentations on the project which are now available on the MAC Protocol page.
Panel of experts and UNIDROIT staff addressing the MAC Protocol Symposium