The UNIDROIT International Programme for Law and Development (formerly International Summer School) is the latest of a variety of knowledge sharing and dissemination activities of the UNIDROIT Academy, a line of work of one of the oldest transnational law institutions featuring consolidated partnerships with leading universities, specialised UNIDROIT Chairs, a renowned scholarship programme (which also offers secondments, scholarships and internships) and a worldwide library network.


The second session of the International Programme for Law and Development was held from 5 June to 7 July 2023 in English, with a focus on participants from Africa.

The International Programme for Law and Development was structured as a hybrid event, the first two weeks online and the last three weeks in person at the Seat of UNIDROIT in Rome, Via Panisperna 28.

The participants were primarily judges, public lawyers, senior legislative drafters.

A Scientific Committee was co-chaired by Prof. Maria Chiara Malaguti, President of UNIDROIT and Prof. Sir Roy Goode; and composed by prestigious legal experts specialized in trade and transnational law, as well as the Director of the International Program for Law and Development, Marco Nicoli.

The courses were conducted in English by renowned experts on UNIDROIT instruments, including judges, academics and practitioners, as well as by members of UNIDROIT governing bodies and the Secretariat.


   The syllabus of the International Programme for Law and Development 2023

> Introduction to the role of transnational law and unification;

> International commercial contracts: UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (UPICC) and the Model Clauses for the Use of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts;

> Private Law and sustainable agriculture: Legal Guides on Contract Farming and on Agricultural Land Investment Contracts;

> Access to finance: Cape Town Convention and relevant Protocols on Aircraft Equipment; Railway Rolling Stock; Space Assets; Mining, Agricultural and Construction Equipment; UNIDROIT’S work on Warehouse Receipts Financing; Factoring; UNIDROIT’S work on Enforcement;

> Law of cultural property: Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects; Model Provisions on State Ownership of Undiscovered Cultural Objects;

> Procedural law and enforcement;

> Law and technology.


In addition to reading material and classes, the participants will benefit from seminars addressing case studies presented by legal practitioners based on real cases.


Social events will also be organized in the evening after school hours to facilitate networking among participants, with lecturers and legal experts.


Guided visits to the city will be organized during the weekends to enable participants to take advantage of the rich cultural heritage of the city of Rome.


The International Programme foresees follow-up events to be organized in collaboration with participants, in their respective countries, to reach a broader audience (lawmakers, policymakers, financial institutions, academia, legal practitioners, etc.) on selected topics of special interest for each country, to be identified with the input from School’s participants.


Upon successful completion of the International Programme, participants will be granted free membership (for two years) to the UNIDROIT Alumni Association, invited to produce papers for publication in electronic format on the Institute’s website, and will be members of an online Community of Practice to exchange experiences.

The UNIDROIT International Programme for Law and Development 2023 is organized thanks to the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Directorate General for Development and Cooperation that will allow some contributions to participants’ expenses based on a case-by-case evaluation.

Handouts and video-recordings of the II session of UNIDROIT’s International Programme for Law and Development to be found at the following link –

FOR IPLD Participants only: https://www.unidroit.org/ipld-handouts/  (for password please contact: info@unidroit.org)

Programme – Agenda

Opening Speech of Minister P. Velotti