On 29 September 2016, Professor Michael Joachim Bonell was presented with the Essays written in his honour by his friends and colleagues. The two-volume set is entitled “Eppur si muove: The Age of Uniform Law. Essays in honour of Michael Joachim Bonell to celebrate his 70th birthday”.
On 22 September 2016, as part of the programme of the 11th Annual European-China Legal Studies Association Conference, co-organised with Roma Tre University, UNIDROIT opened its doors to the conference delegates for an evening dedicated to an introduction to the activities of the Institute. In her welcoming speech, Professor Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, gave an overview of the Institute’s activities, particularly in relation to China. Professor Björn Ahl, President of the ECLS, also delivered an opening speech.
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|Professor Anna Veneziano (Deputy Secretary-General of UNIDROIT) and Professor Björn Ahl (President of the ECLS), delivering their welcoming speeches.|
On 13-14 September 2016, the fifth conference of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project (CTCAP) took place in Oxford. The Conference brought together over 100 leading scholars, practitioners, government officials, and industry experts to discuss the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols.
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On 9 September 2016, Prof. Alberto Mazzoni, President of UNIDROIT, took part in a conference entitled “Towards a Global Framework for International Commercial Transactions” (8-9 September 2016), co-organised by the HCCH and the University of Lucerne. The President participated in a panel discussion entitled “Envisioning the future of the Hague Principles and its impact on international commercial transactions” chaired by Mr Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary-General of HCCH) together with Mr Ivan Nimac (Head of the Vienna Office of Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank), as well as two UNIDROIT Governing Council Members: Mr José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez, (Professor, CEDEP, Asunción, Paraguay) and Mr Jan L. Neels (Professor of Private International Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa).
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|The Panel on: Envisioning the future of the Hague Principles and its impact on international commercial transactions.
From left to right: Marta Pertegás, First Secretary, The Hague Conference on Private International Law, with Jan L. Neels ( Professor of Private International Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa), J.A. Moreno Rodríguez (Professor, CEDEP, Asunción, Paraguay), Alberto Mazzoni (President, UNIDROIT), Ivan Nimac (Head of the Vienna Office of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group)
On 8 September 2016, the ELI-UNIDROIT project “From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure” was presented during the ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly, which was held in Ferrara on 7-9 September 2016. Two panels of the conference, chaired respectively by the President of ELI and the Deputy Secretary General of UNIDROIT, were devoted to the project.
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ELI Press Release
|From left to right: Raffaele Sabato (Judge Cassation Court Italy), Alan Uzelac (University of Zagreb), Diana Wallis (President, ELI), Prof. Frédérique Ferrand (University of Lyon 3), and Paul Gilligan (Barrister at Law, Judge of the High Court in Dublin, head of chancery division of the High Court in Dublin).|
|From left to right: Prof. Chiara Besso Marcheis (University of Turin), Prof. Anna Veneziano (Deputy Secretary-General, UNIDROIT), Prof. Xandra Kramer (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam).|
On 8 September 2016, the Secretary-General of UNIDROIT was in Amman to attend the Ministerial-level Culture Under Threat Conference, hosted by the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with the support of The Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute. Seventeen Middle East and North African countries and the League of Arab States also attended to coordinate efforts to halt the use of antiquities trafficking as a source of terrorist financing.
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On 9 August 2016 the Secretary-General delivered a paper titled “assessing the impact of commercial law harmonisation: the experience of UNIDROIT” at the 77th International Law Association Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the mission he was also invited to deliver a public lecture on “the impact of the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts on domestic law” at the Law Faculty. While in South Africa, the Secretary-General took the opportunity to meet with Ms De Wet, Director of the State Chief Law Adviser Division at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
Front Row: From Left to Right: Prof. M. G. Martinek (University of Saarland, Germany; Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Commercial Law at UJ); Prof. H. Gabriel (Elon University, USA; Member Governing Council UNIDROIT); Prof. I. Rensburg (Vice Chancellor and Rector, UJ); His Excellency Mr J. A. Estrella Faria (Secretary General UNIDROIT); Prof. L. G. Mpedi (Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, UJ).
Back Row: From Left to Right: Mr F. Adams (UJ); Prof. J. L. Neels (Director Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Countries, UJ; Member Governing Council UNIDROIT); Prof. G. T. S. Eiselen (UNISA; Secretary CISG Advisory Council); Prof. C. Hugo (UJ); Prof. D. Millard (Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, UJ); Dr E. A. Fredericks (Deputy Director Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Countries, UJ); Dr S. Khanderia (UJ); Ms R Cupido (UJ); Mr G. J. Bouwers (UJ); Mr J A Botha (UJ); Ms M. Buntting (UJ).
Between 15 - 16 August 2016 the Secretary-General visited Mozambique and met with governmental officials and private sector representatives to discuss the utility of implementing UNIDROIT instruments in Mozambique. Of particular note were his meetings with Mr Silva A. Dunduro, Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Mr Carlos Fortes Mesquita, Minister of Transport. The Secretary-General also delivered a lecture at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo on UNIDROIT’s contribution to the formation of transnational commercial law. The lecture was organised by the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law – CEDIR in cooperation with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Law Faculty and UNIDROIT.
On 26 July 2016 the Republic of Sierra Leone’s instruments of accession to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and to the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Aircraft Equipment were deposited with UNIDROIT. The Republic of Sierra Leone made declarations under Articles 39(1)(a), 39(1)(b), 40, 53 and 54(2) of the Convention, and under Article XXX(1),(2) and (3) of the Aircraft Protocol. The Convention and the Aircraft Protocol will enter into force for the Republic of Sierra Leone on 1 November 2016. Further details about the Convention and Aircraft Protocol are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT" page.