UNIDROIT Work Programme for the triennial period 2023 – 2025

The level of priority assigned to the projects is as follows: high *** – medium ** – low *.

The projects may relate to more than one area of UNIDROIT’s work; where this is the case, it is indicated below.



1.      Access to credit

1.1.      Protocols to the Cape Town Convention

(a)       Implementation of the Rail and Space Protocols to the Cape Town Convention ***

(b)       Implementation of the Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on Matters Specific to Mining, Agricultural and Construction Equipment ***

(c)       Preparation of further Protocols to the Cape Town Convention:

(i)        Ships and maritime transport equipment *

(ii)       Renewable energy equipment *

1.2.      Development of a Model Law and Guide to Enactment on Factoring ***

1.3.      Development of a Model Law and Guide to Enactment on Warehouse Receipts ***  (also related to work area n°3)

1.4.      Development of a Guide to Enactment for the UNIDROIT Model Law on Leasing *

2.      International Commercial Contracts

(a)       UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Investment Contracts ***

(b)       Formulation of Principles of Reinsurance Contracts *

3.      Private Law and Agricultural Development

(a)       Development of an international guidance document on Collaborative Legal Structures for Agricultural Enterprises *** (also related to work area n°8)

(b)       Development of an Agricultural Financing Legal Guide **

4.      Law and Technology

(a)       Digital Assets and Private Law ***

(b)       Global Value Chains: Governance issues and Digital Challenges *

5.      Capital Markets and Financial Law

Bank Insolvency ***

6.      Transnational Civil Procedure

(a)       Formulation of Best Practices for Effective Enforcement *** (also related to work area n°4)

(b)       International Civil Procedure in Latin America *

7.      Cultural Property

Private Art Collections **

8.      Sustainable Development

(a)       Legal Nature of Verified Carbon Credits *** (also related to work area n°4)

(b)       Development of a guidance document on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence in Global Value Chains **

9.      Exploratory work

(a)       Law Applicable to Cross-Border Holdings and Transfers of Digital Assets and Tokens

(b)       Digital transformation, Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence

(c)       Private Law and Contemporary Health Research: Intellectual Property issues in the field of Personalised Medicine

(d)       Standard-Essential Patents

(e)       Access to Justice in Environmental Matters



    1. Depositary functions
    2. Promotion of UNIDROIT Instruments



    1. UNIDROIT Library
    2. Scholarship, Internship and Research Programme
    3. Academic Projects
    4. Academic Institutes
    5. International Programme for Law and Development
    6. Chair Programmes
    7. Cooperation with academic institutions (MoUs)
    8. Publications (Uniform Law Review and others)