On 12 and 13 November 2018, UNIDROIT hosted an event on the Human-Centred Business Model organised in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre and the University of Florence, comprising a public event (12 November, morning) and two Workshops (12 November, afternoon and 13 November, morning).
The public event and the two workshops were attended by a broad and diversified group of experts and practitioners who made substantial contributions to the review of three Research Papers on the Guiding Principles and Corporate Governance of the Project.
The papers, presentations and other key documents are available on the UNIDROIT website to all the attendees and to those who were unable to attend or watch the live streaming of the event.
The panelists included Prof. Ignacio Tirado (Secretary-General, UNIDROIT), Senator Mauro Del Barba, Mr Marco Nicoli (OECD DEV); Ms Margherita Bianchini (ASSONIME); Prof. Juli Ponce Sole and Prof. Marta Ortega Gomez (University of Barcelona); Prof. Isabella Bunn (Oxford University); Prof. Thomas McInerney (Loyola University) and Prof. Paolo Montalenti (University of Turin).
An updated version of the papers will be posted on the website once the input included.
|Opening session - from left to right:
Senator M. Del Barba,
Prof. I. Tirado and Mr. M. Nicoli
|Panel - from left to right: Prof. M. Ortega,
Prof. J. Ponce, Prof. T. McInerney,
Prof. A. Zorzi, Prof. I. Bunn and Ms. M. Bianchini
The UNIDROIT Secretary-General, Professor Ignacio Tirado, participated in the World Bank’s LJD Week (Washington, 5-9 November 2018) to pursue further collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Global Forum on LJD and to raise awareness about UNIDROIT’s work, including by leading two sessions. First, in a session entitled “UNIDROIT Secretary-General’s Vision on Law and Development” on 7 November, he debated how UNIDROIT could support economic empowerment and achievement of the SDGs, together with Ms Nathalie Rey (Senior Counsel, Export-Import Bank of the United States of America) who discussed the future MAC Protocol and with Ms Yuliya Panfil (Investment Manager, Property Rights Initiative, Omidyar Network) who discussed the future Legal Guide on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts. Second, in a session entitled “Community of Practice on Private Law and Agricultural Development” on 8 November, he considered, together with Professor Thomas McInerney (Rule of Law for Development Institute, Loyola University Chicago School of Law), how the Global Forum’s Community of Practice could promote UNIDROIT’s work in this area, contribute to a fairer and more secure legal environment and respond to economic and social challenges in agriculture.
|From left to right: Ms Nathalie Rey, Secretary-
General Ignacio Tirado and Ms Yuliya Panfil
|Secretary-General Ignacio Tirado
and Professor Thomas McInerney
From 6-9 November 2018, UNIDROIT was invited to participate at the 25th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agencies Forum organised jointly in Singapore by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA). Hamza Hameed (UNIDROIT) delivered a presentation in the Academic Workshop on Space Policy and Law Perspectives for Space Debris Management held on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 titled: ‘Asset-based Financing in the Space Industry – Asset-based Financing to Facilitate Investment in Space Assets to Augment Space Debris Management’, and one to the plenary in the session on Space Cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Region on Thursday, 8 November 2018 titled: ‘Asset-based Financing in the Space Industry – The Space Protocol of the Cape Town Convention – An Internationally Coordinated Effort to Introduce a Harmonised System of Secured Transactions Law to the Space Industry’.
APRSAF-25 was attended by over 300 delegates from space agencies, governments, international organisations, and space industry participants primarily from within the Asia-Pacific Region.
On 25 October 2018, the Faculty of Law of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso - PUCV, Chile, hosted an International Colloquium on "El contrato agrícola: experiencias y desarrollos en el derecho latinoamericano y uniforme", with an opening lecture by Ms Frederique Mestre, Senior Legal Officer, Unidroit, on "Hacia un modelo de regulación de la agricultura por contrato: La tarea de Unidroit"; Panel 1 on "Agricultura por Contratos en Latinoamérica: Argentina y Brasil", moderated by Prof. Rodrigo Momberg Uribe with presentations by Prof. Maria Adriana Victoria, Prof. Nancy L. Malanos, Dr. Nunziata Valenza Paiva, Prof. Iacyr de Aguilar Vieira and Prof. Kassia Watanabe; Panel 2 on "El contrato agrícola en Chile. Un desafío pendiente" moderated by Prof. Nancy L. Malanos with presentations by Prof. Alvaro Vidal Olivares, Prof. Rodrigo Momberg Uribe, Prof. Jaime Alcalde, Dr. Matias Araya and Dr Sebastián Norris.
The Colloquium concluded with the launch of the book of the (reprint) Spanish version of the Legal Guide on Contract Farming UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD, published by "Derecho PUCV".
-> Click here for the programme
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|From left to right : Dr Nunziata Valenza
Paiva, Prof. Rodrigo Momberg Uribe,
Prof. Iacyr de Aguilar Vieira
and Prof. Kassia Watanabe
|Prof. Alvaro Vidal Olivares (PUCV) and
Ms Frederique Mestre (UNIDROIT)
Finalised in August 2018, the MAC Protocol Economic Assessment provides an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits for states who adopt and ratify the future agreement. Prepared by a team of independent economists, the Economic Assessment predicts that the MAC Protocol will have a positive impact of $23 billion on GDP in developing countries and of $7 billion in developed countries, for a total annual impact of $30 billion. The study focuses onthe potential economic benefits for the 63 UNIDROIT member states and is available on the MAC Protocol webpage here.
UNIDROIT is pleased to announce that the ELI/UNIDROIT Project on Transnational Civil Procedure – Formulation of Regional Rules will be presented and discussed on 26-27 November in Trier.
In an important year for this project, those of you that have been following its progress will have the opportunity to hear first-hand reports on the progress of the Working Groups to date.
The event will be hosted by ERA and further information and registration details are available on the ELI Website.
On 23 October 2018, UNIDROIT was invited to participate in a panel discussion on ‘Space Markets’ at the SIRIUS Space Talks'18 conference in Toulouse, France. The conference was organised by SIRIUS Chair - a business chair founded on a private-public partnership between CNES, Airbus Defence and Space, Thales Alenia Space, Toulouse Capitole 1 University and the Toulouse Business School. The theme for this year’s conference was: “Space Economy: Urgent Need for New Global Regulation?”.
Hamza Hameed (UNIDROIT) delivered a presentation titled: ‘’Asset-based Financing in the Space Industry: The Space Protocol of the Cape Town Convention – An International Instrument to Enable Secured Transactions in Space Assets’’, in a panel chaired by Alain De Boisseson (Head of Legal Department at CNES) with co-panellists Diane Howard (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) and Cécile Gaubert (Avocat - Paris Bar).
On 18 October 2018, the Faculty of Administration of the University of São Paulo hosted a Colloquium on the legal, economic and social implications of contract farming to celebrate the launch of the Portuguese version of the UNIDROIT-FAO-IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming, co-organised with UNIDROIT. UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer Ms Frédérique Mestre participated in the opening of the event, with Professor Dr. Decio Zylbersztajn (University of São Paulo), Professor Dr. Moacir de Miranda Oliveira (University of São Paolo) and Professor Dr Kassia Watanabe (Universidade Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia), and subsequently presented UNIDROIT’s perspectives on the Legal Guide on Contract Farming. The Portuguese version of the guide owes its success to the team of translators, Professor Dr Iacyr de Aguilar Vieira (University of Viçoisa), Professor Dr Kassia Watanabe (Universidade Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia), Dr Nunziata Stefania Valenza Paiva (Justice of Goias Court of Justice), and Professor Dr. Regel Antonio Ferrazza (Univeristy of Viçoisa), who were also at the event.
-> Click here for the programme
-> Click here for more information on the Legal Guide