On 25 September 2020, the ELI – UNIDROIT Rules were presented in an International Workshop Webinar that was held in hybrid format as a closing event of the 99th session of the UNIDROIT Governing Council.
The event was opened by Professor Maria Chiara Malaguti (UNIDROIT President), Professor Ignacio Tirado (UNIDROIT Secretary-General), and Professor Christiane Wendehorst (ELI President), and featured three panels.
Panel one was on the history of the project at the presentation of the Rules, chaired by Professor Jorge Sanchez Cordero Dàvila (UNIDROIT Governing Council member, Mexico), and featured an introduction by Diana Wallis (former ELI President, University of Hull) and Professor Anna Veneziano (UNIDROIT Deputy Secretary-General, University of Teramo). Professor Rolf Stürner (University of Freiburg, former Co-Reporter ALI-UNIDROIT Principles) then gave a talk entitled “From the ALI-UNIDROIT Principles to the ELI-UNIDROIT Rules”.
Anna Veneziano and Diana Wallis chaired the second panel concerned with the approach of the ELI-UNIDROIT Rules to Party Disposition and Case Management, featuring an introduction by John Sorabji (former Principal Legal Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls; University College London), and External discussants from the judiciary Sir Geoffrey Vos (Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales) and Raffaele Sabato (former Italian Supreme Court judge, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights).
Professor Remo Caponi (University of Florence) chaired the final panel that reflected on the Rules as a model for supranational and national legislators, featuring presentations from Frédérique Ferrand (University Jean Moulin Lyon 3) and Xandra Kramer (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), with Norel Rosner (DG-JUST, European Commission) acting as external discussant.
The event attracted about 70 remote participants and attendees including Co-Reporters of the Project, who contributed to the interesting discussions that followed. The video of the webinar will soon be made available on our website.