UNIDROIT is pleased to announce that the first conference of the CCLS-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law on “Development Finance in Emerging Markets: Challenges, Innovations and Results” will be held on 13-15 April 2018, at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.
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From 3-4 March Legal Officer William Brydie-Watson represented the UNIDROIT Secretariat at an APEC Workshop organised under the Strengthening Economic and Legal Infrastructure (SELI) group of the APEC Economic Committee. UNIDROIT attended as a Guest Organisation of APEC, a status granted to UNIDROIT in 2017 following its participation at other SELI Workshops in 2016 (Peru) and 2017 (Viet Nam). The UNIDROIT Secretariat made two presentations at the Workshop, one on International Instruments that facilitate the use of modern technology for contract management and another on International Instruments for dispute resolution and prevention. The Secretariat also attended the SELI Friends of the Chair (FoTC) meeting on Sunday afternoon 4 March. The forum discusses past Workshops organised under the auspices of SELI as well as future initiatives.
|Shot of the seated audience||Shot of the podium||Mr William Brydie-Watson,
UNIDROIT Legal Officer
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
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.