In 2004 the Governing Council of UNIDROIT adopted the Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure prepared by a joint American Law Institute/UNIDROIT Study Group. The Group was composed of the following members: N. Andrews (Cambridge University, U.K.), A. R. Kemelmajer De Carlucci (Supreme Court of Justice of Mendoza, Argentina), F. Ferrand (Université Jean Moulin, Lyons, France), G. C. Hazard Jr. (University of Pennsylvania Law School), M. Kawano (Nagoya University, School of Law, Japan), P. Lalive (Lalive & Associés and Geneva University, Switzerland), R.T. Nhlapo, (Minister, South Africa; Honourary Member of the Governing Council), R. Stürner (Freiburg University, Germany) and M. Taruffo (Pavia University, Italy). R.T. Nhlapo was appointed Chairman of the Group, while G. C. Hazard Jr. and R. Stürner were appointed Co-rapporteurs. A. Gidi (Brazil, American Law Institute) acted as Secretary to the Group.
The Principles, consisting of 31 provisions, aim at reconciling differences among various national rules of civil procedure, taking into account the peculiarities of transnational disputes as compared to purely domestic ones. They may serve not only as guidelines for code projects in countries without long procedural traditions, but may also initiate law reforms even in countries with long and high quality procedural traditions; they may also be applied by analogy in international commercial arbitration.
The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) is an independent intergovernmental Organisation with its seat in the Villa Aldobrandini in Rome. Its purpose is to study needs and methods for modernising, harmonising and co-ordinating private and in particular commercial law as between States and groups of States and to formulate uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives.