On 14 December 2015, the Secretariat received a communication from the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) inviting UNIDROIT and the Hague Conference on Private International Law to cooperate on a project for the “creation of a roadmap to the existing texts in the area of international sales law (sales contracts) prepared by each organisation, primarily the CISG, the UNIDROIT Principles, and the Hague Principles, and providing an assessment of interactions between the texts, their actual and potential use, application, and impact, all with the goal to facilitate promotion of their appropriate use, uniform interpretation, and adoption.” Such a project should “extend also, as relevant, to the other texts in the field prepared by the three organisations (including, for example, the Limitation Convention, the Electronic Communications Convention, the 1983 Uniform Rules, ULIS/ULFC 1964, and the 1955/1986 Hague Conventions), and make reference, as needed, to outside instruments (e.g. those of regional economic integration organisations such as the EU, OHADA, as well as those of the ICC, ITC).”


As regards the methodology, it is suggested that the work should be entrusted to “a small joint panel of experts, chosen by the three organisations and including, to the extent possible, representatives from differing legal traditions and from countries with differing levels of economic development, and also including, as possible, representatives from other particularly relevant organisations (e.g., regional economic integration organisations, ICC, ITC)”. The envisaged outcome would be a joint publication or online tool reflecting contribution of all organisations and keeping in mind the successfully completed “UNCITRAL, Hague Conference, and UNIDROIT Texts on Security Interests”1  having “legislators, judges and arbitrators, and/or lawyers and commercial operators” as target audience.


The Governing Council decided to recommend this topic for inclusion in the UNIDROIT Work Programme for the triennium 2017-2019 by the General Assembly, and proposes to assign it a high level of priority. The General Assembly endorsed this recommendation at its 75th session, on 1 December 2016.




(1) UNCITRAL, Hague Conference and UNIDROIT Texts on Security Interests: Comparison and analysis of major features of international instruments relating to secured transactions (New York, 2012).




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