On 31 January 2018 the Republic of Uzbekistan’s instrument 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 was deposited with UNIDROIT. The Republic of Uzbekistan made declarations under Articles 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 Uzbekistan on 1 May 2018. Further details about the Aircraft Protocol and the Convention are available at the "Depositary Functions of UNIDROIT (Cape Town Convention)" and "Depositary Function of UNIDROIT (Aircraft Protocol)" pages.
On 23 and 24 January 2018, UNIDROIT participated in the International Training Seminar on Reduction of Shadow Economy Related to Illegal Turnover of Cultural Objects, organised by the Latvian School of Public Administration, in cooperation with the Italian Carabinieri TPC, INTERPOL, UNESCO, UNODC, UNIDROIT and other institutions, in Riga, Latvia.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, gave a presentation on the basic principles of the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention and the tasks Latvia has to perform concerning joining and implementing the Convention, while Ms Baiba Broka, Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and Vice Chairperson of the Senate of the University of Latvia, discussed Latvia’s benefits resulting from the accession to the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention. Latvia confirmed in fact that the procedure for accession to the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions is underway.
| Ms Baiba Broka, Member of the UNIDROIT
Governing Council and Vice Chairperson
of the Senate of the University of Latvia
|The audience in the hall|
On 16-17 January 2018, UNIDROIT participated in the 5th PRICL Workshop in Vienna, with the main focus on this occasion being to ensure consistency with and provide interpretation of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, particularly on the Rules concerning Remedies. The next Workshop will be held in Frankfurt in June 2018.
The Swedish Government has taken a decision to refer a proposal ”Better opportunities for financing railway rolling stock” to the Council on Legislation. The Government proposes that Sweden should become a party of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol and that necessary legal amendments should be adopted.
UNIDROIT’s President and Secretary-General a.i. participated in a seminar hosted by Swedish Law Firm Hamilton in Stockholm in October, focussing on the key economic and strategic advantages of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention for the Swedish Rail Industry.
An intragovernmental working group has been set up by the Ministry of Justice of Hungary to join the Cape Town Convention. The Ministry of Justice has now established an intra-governmental Working Party on the Cape Town Convention. Dr. Zoltán Nemessányi, Deputy State Secretary for Cooperation in International Justice Affairs announced this important step forward at a Conference on the Rail and MAC Protocols, held at the Faculty of Law, ELTE University, Budapest on November 22nd, 2017. He said “the Working Group includes almost every ministry as well as interested private sector industries”. The work will include an impact study, due in 2018.
The instrument of accession to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention was deposited by South Africa with the Italian Government, Depositary of the Convention, on 9 January 2018 and the Convention will enter into force for South Africa on 1 July 2018.
Further details about the Convention are available at page.
The complete status of the Convention is available at page.
On 17-20 December 2017, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, actively participated in the workshop “Countering illicit trafficking of cultural property” jointly organised by UNESCO and the Italian Carabinieri in Amman, Jordan.
On that occasion, Ms Schneider discussed the accession procedure to the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects and main concerns from the Arab States concerning the accesion.
Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Senior Legal Officer, took part in the UNESCO Workshop on the Fight against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property (Convention of 1970), held at Cairo from 10 to 14 December 2017, for Egypt and Sudan. In her address, Ms Schneider considered the benefits for the Arab Region resulting from the ratification of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.