In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant economic crisis, a number of leading UNIDROIT instruments may be of interest to a wide array of actors currently facing serious challenges to address contractual disruptions and to rebuild the economy in the post COVID-19 scenario.
On 14 October 2020, Secretary-General Ignacio Tirado participated in a Webinar organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) focussing on the cost of possible missed opportunities to implement reform in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.
On 9 October 2020, Secretary General Ignacio Tirado provided a closing speech at the II International Congress of Insurance Law, which was co-hosted by ICADE Business School, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Comillas Pontifical University and the Uria-Menendez Law firm.
On 1st October 2020, the United States of America, which is already a Party to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, signed the MAC Protocol, which was adopted in November 2019 at a diplomatic Conference held in Pretoria.
On 22 September 2020, the UNIDROIT Secretariat hosted a Hybrid International Conference illustrating the contribution of HCCH, UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT to the harmonisation of the law of international sales, and the Tripartite Legal Guide to Uniform Legal Instruments in the Area of International Commercial Contracts (with a focus on sales).
On 21 September 2020, the UNIDROIT Secretariat, as mandated by the Governing Council at the first meeting of the 99th session, convened an internal consultation workshop on the project on Best Practices of Effective Enforcement.