From 4 to 6 July 2018, UNIDROIT participated in a three-day national workshop to strengthen capacities for the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property organised by UNESCO and the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop also focused on policy, customs and cultural heritage protection services and included presentations on practical tools and resources such as the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) Red Lists and Code of Ethics, the UNIDROIT new cultural property page, the UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws as well as model legislations and export certificates.
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On 2 July 2018, the Kingdom of Sweden, which is already a Party to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, deposited its instrument of ratification of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, with a declaration under Article XXVII(1). The Luxembourg Rail Protocol will enter into force when the conditions set out in Article XXIII(1) of the Rail Protocol have been satisfied.
Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Sweden in Italy, Mr Fredrik Alfer, and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Justice of Sweden, Ms Louise Petrelius, participated in a ceremony to celebrate the deposit of the ratification instrument of the Luxembourg Protocol at the seat of UNIDROIT. The delegation was received by the President of UNIDROIT, Professor Alberto Mazzoni, Secretary-General a.i. of UNIDROIT, Prof. Anna Veneziano and Ms Marina Schneider, Senior Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary. The ceremony took place before First Secretary and Vice Consul of the Embassy of Luxembourg Mr André Flammang, as well as members of the Rail Working Group and Ratification Task Force.
The following statement of Heléne Fritzon, Minister for Migration and Deputy Minister for Justice, was read aloud on this occasion: “The foreseeability that the Luxembourg Rail Protocol provides for creditors is expected to increase the access to private capital and give railway undertakings more favourable economic conditions. Cheaper and wider financing options make it easier for train operators to invest and the rail sector is strengthened, which is good for the environment and for consumers.” President Mazzoni, in his statement, underlined that “UNIDROIT is very satisfied with this important step towards the implementation of the Rail Protocol, which further enhances the recognition of the tangible economic advantages it will produce world-wide for the industry as well as for States in terms of sustainable development”.
Further details about the Luxembourg Protocol and the Cape Town Convention are available at:
From left to right: Bjoern Frederik Alfer (Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Royal Kingdom
of Sweden in Italy), Louise Petrelius (Deputy Director, Ministry of Justice of Sweden),
Anna Veneziano (Secretary-General a.i., UNIDROIT), Alberto Mazzoni (President, UNIDROIT).
The Spanish translation of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2016, prepared by Prof. Alejandro Garro (Columbia University, New York), with the collaboration of Prof Núria Bouza Vidal, (Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain, and member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council), Dr José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez (Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Economía y Política, Paraguay, and member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council), Prof. Javier Mauricio Rodriguez Olmos (Universidad Externado de Colombia), Prof. Jorge Oviedo Albán (Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia), Prof. Pedro Mendoza Montano (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala) and Prof. Eugenio Hernández Bretón (Universidad Central de Venezuela) has been published and is available from the UNIDROIT Secretariat. The black-letter rules of the Principles are available on the UNIDROIT website.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, presented the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention and the concept of unification of private law at the ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference, held in Amelia (IT), June 23-24.
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On 15 February 2018, the UNIDROIT Secretary-General a.i. was invited to deliver a Keynote Lecture at the 5th International Conference on Legal Institution Design on “Land Grabbing and Development”, hosted and organised by Nagoya University. Following the opening remarks of the Dean of the Law Faculty Professor Mitsuki Ishii, Professor Veneziano delivered a lecture on "UNIDROIT's work on sustainable development: the UNIDROIT/FAO/IFAD Guide on contract farming and the project on agricultural land investment contracts", which led to a very fruitful discussion moderated by Professor Giorgio Colombo (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law).
During her mission, she was also invited to speak at the University of Tokyo at an event organised by the Global Private Law Forum regarding “Current Challenges in Uniform Law: The Perspective of UNIDROIT”. Participants in this event, hosted by Professor Tomotaka Fujita, included Governing Council member Professor Hideki Kanda, Professors Souichirou Kozuka and Hiroo Sono, as well as Professor Megumi Hara and other invited academics and governmental representatives.
|Group photo of speakers in Nagoya||Group photo at the event
organised by the GPLF in Tokyo
The instrument of accession to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention has been deposited by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar with the Italian Government, Depositary of the Convention, on 20 June 2018 and the Convention will enter into force for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 1 December 2018.
Further details about the Convention are available at page.
The complete status of the Convention is available at page.
On 20 June 2018, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a lecture to the students of the Geneva Summer School of International Cultural Heritage Law – University of Geneva about the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.
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On 19 -20 June 2018, Secretary-General a.i. Professor Anna Veneziano took part in an African Regional Event on the Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol and cross-border transferability of Aircraft. The event was jointly organised by the Aviation Working Group (AWG) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), with the support of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). On the first day, the Seminar addressed the economic benefits and the legal framework of the CTC and its Aircraft Protocol, including issues of implementation of, and compliance with, the treaty provisions, as well as regional and global CTC developments. On the second day, there was a special session dedicated to ICAO’s new activities on the cross-border transfer of aircraft.
-> Click here for the programme: attached pdf file
-> Click here for more information on the Aircraft Protocol