The 12th Annual Cape Town Convention Academic Project Conference took place at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and on Zoom on 27-28 September 2023. The Conference was organised by the Cape Town Convention Academic Project, which is a partnership between UNIDROIT and the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, under the auspices of the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL). The Aviation Working Group is the founding sponsor of the project.
The Conference had 153 registered participants, 88 of which attended in person, with the rest participating via Zoom. The Conference’s focus was on Enforcement and Dispute Resolution in relation to the Cape Town Convention. The programme included contributions from leading academics and other experts, as well as discussion involving Cape Town Convention experts from all fields. As always, the conference was highly interactive, with each session including ample opportunity for questions and debate.
The conference was preceded on the 26th of September by a moot involving students from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The moot, judged by Mr. Justice Zacaroli and Professor Riz Mokal, was one of the first to take place under the Cape Town Convention International Moot Programme, the purpose of which is to familiarise students and judges with the CTC in the context of complex hypothetical fact patterns and to provide students with educational exercises involving these instruments in a simulated judicial setting.
Conference sessions included discussions of the meaning of procedural law (with particular reference to the CTC), CTC Article 42 and forum non conveniens, relief pending final determination and enforcement of treaty breaches in the CTC context, as well as analyses of the CTC caselaw in the light of the interpretative requirements of Article 5 CTC and of the mechanics and dynamics in practice of enforcement in insolvency. There were also sessions on leasing and the CTC, and the relationship between project finance and asset finance. Two lunchtime sessions reflected on the coming into force of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, and on lessons to be learnt for the moot programme from the moot on 26th September.
The Programme for the event can be found here. Registered participants can access all the Conference material here with the password that they were provided in advance of the Conference. Learn more about the Cape Town Convention Academic Project and its activities at: www.ctcap.org.