The Governing Council of UNIDROIT at its 90th session formally adopted on 10 May 2011 the third edition of the Principles of International Commercial Contracts ("UNIDROIT Principles 2010"). With respect to the new edition of the UNIDROIT Principles some important initiatives for its promotion have been taken or are underway.

The Uniform Law Review has devoted an entire issue (2011/3) to the UNIDROIT Principles 2010 containing, in addition to the English and French texts of the black letter rules, articles by the Rapporteurs on the new topics (M.J. Bonell on Illegality, B. Fauvarque-Cosson on Conditions, M. Fontaine on Plurality of obligors and of obligees, and R. Zimmermann on Restitution in case of failed contracts) as well as contributions concerning the use of the UNIDROIT Principles in different parts of the world (L. Gama Jr., A. Komarov, S. Lake, and T. Uchida for Brazil, Russia, the United Kingdom and Japan, respectively) or in international contract and arbitration practice (E. Brödermann and E. Finazzi-Agrò).

The UNIDROIT Principles 2010 were presented on a number of occasions to interested business and legal circles.

On the occasion of a seminar for Russian lawyers held at UNIDROIT on 18 April 2011 and organised by Capital Business Events (UK), M.J. Bonell and A. Komarov presented the new edition of the UNIDROIT Principles.

On 24 May 2011 a seminar was held in Brussels at the Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) on the topic “UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (2010) and arbitration”, with presentations by M. Fontaine, J. Erauw, M. Piers, I. Claeys, D. Philippe and J. Kleinheisterkamp.

On 27 June 2011 at a Study Day in honour of G. Schiavoni, organised by the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, the President of UNIDROIT, A. Mazzoni, presented the new edition of the UNIDROIT Principles.

On 23-24 September 2011, on the occasion of the 32nd International Trade Law Symposium held in Canberra, Australia, D. Robertson and N. Ferreira-Jardim made a presentation on the harmonisation of international contract law and in this respect focussed on the UNIDROIT Principles.

On 28 October 2011 an international symposium on "The 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts: Towards a 'Global' Contract Law" was hosted by the organised by the Center for Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Under the chairmanship of D. Wallace, presentations were made by M.J. Bonell, H.D. Gabriel, A. Garro, N.B. Cohen and the Secretary General of UNIDROIT J.A. Estrella-Faria, followed by a panel discussion with the participation of L. Gama, Jr., E. Brödermann, F. Dessemontet, G. Saumier, Justice B. Fried and M. Kirtland. >>> Programme

On 31 October 2011 the new edition of the UNIDROIT Principles was presented in Dubai by E. Brödermann at the breakfast organised by the Chinese European Arbitration Centre (CEAC) and the Chinese European Legal Association (CELA) on the occasion of the International Bar Association Annual Meeting.

On 8 November 2011, on the occasion of the International Colloquium on “Promoting Investment in Agricultural Production: Private Law Aspects” held at UNIDROIT, M.J. Bonell made a presentation on “International Investment Contracts and General Contract Law: A Place for the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts?”.

The UNIDROIT Principles were used as the governing law at the 10th Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition held in Tokyo on 4 and 5 December 2011 with the participation of about 250 students from leading Japanese, Australian and Chinese Universities.

Similar events were held in 2012, in particular:

a Colloquium on “A new transnational law of obligations? The UNIDROIT Principles 2010” was held on 3 February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland (for further information and programme see the University of Geneva web page, and

an international Symposium on “The UNIDROIT Principles 2010: Towards a ‘Global’ Law of International Commercial Contracts” waas held on 17-18 February 2012 in Rome, Italy. >>> Programme .

Furthermore, a Conference on "Principes d´UNIDROIT (2010) : Un outil indispensable dans la négociation et la rédaction de contrats commerciaux internationaux was held on 21 March 2012 at the Court of Appeal of Quebec in Montreal, under the patronage of the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Québec, the Hon. Nicole Duval Hesler. >>> Programme [link a:],

the Annual Colloquium of the Association Française des Docteurs en Droit on: "Les Principes d´UNIDROIT 2010 : une nécessité dans les contrats internationaux" [The UNIDROIT Principles 2010 : A necessity in International Contracts] was held at the Grand´Chambre of the Cour de Cassation in Paris (France) on 10 February 2012) >>>> Programme, and

a Colloquium entitled Foro "Principios de UNIDROIT 2010" was organised by the Departamento de Derecho de los Negocios of the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogotá and was aimed at lawyers and professionals working on contractual matters or with international arbitration. The colloquium was held on 10 April 2012 at the Universidad Externado de Colombia (Salón D-603) >>> Programme.






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