In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant economic crisis, a number of leading UNIDROIT instruments may be of interest to a wide array of actors currently facing serious challenges to address contractual disruptions and to rebuild the economy in the post COVID-19 scenario.
On 4 May 2021, Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano represented UNIDROIT in the book launch of "Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts" (Oxford University Press, 2021), in a panel together with HCCH SG Christophe Bernasconi and First Secretary João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, and UNCITRAL Legal Officer Luca Castellani.
On 30 April 2021, Ms Marina Schneider, UNIDROIT Principal Legal Officer and Treaty Depositary, delivered a lecture to students of the Master’s programme Policies and Governance in Europe (PAGE) of the LUISS University in Rome.
On 28 April 2021, Legal Officer Ms Priscila Andrade delivered a lecture to the students of the Programme “Diritto Privato Comparato delle persone e dei mercati” – Università degli Studi di Milano. The lecture was introduced by Professor Naiara Posenato and addressed UNIDROIT’s general working methods and its experience with comparative law (L’esperienza della comparazione all’UNIDROIT). The lecture was followed by a Q&A session with the students.
Prof. Ignacio Tirado, Secretary General, participated in the online regional dialogue on the fight against illicit trafficking on cultural property and the return and restitution of cultural property in the Africa region, organised within the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.
On 26 April 2021, Deputy Secretary-General Professor Anna Veneziano participated in an online seminar hosted by the University of Trento under the EU-FLAG (Food Law And Globalization) Jean Monnet module, which aims at developing a better understanding of European food law and how it interacts with the dynamics characterizing international markets, exploring the dialogic relationship existing between the rules of the agri-food sector and globalization.
On 20-22 of April 2021, the Working Group on Best Practices for Effective Enforcement, chaired by Governing Council member Kathryn Sabo, met via Zoom to discuss the results of a very productive intersessional work undertaken by its members and observers since the first session (30 November – 2 December 2020).