The inaugural edition of the IPLD, previously known as the International Summer School, took place from June 20 to July 22, 2022. This event was made possible through collaboration with the UNIDROIT Foundation and the ILI-South African Centre for Excellence (ILI-SACE).

The initiative received funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, specifically the Directorate General for Development Cooperation.

The programme, conducted in English, consisted of a two-week online session followed by a three-week in-person period at the UNIDROIT headquarters in Rome, Italy. 




The online component witnessed active participation from the 26 admitted candidates. The event was inaugurated by an opening speech by Ambassador Ms Namira Negm, Director of the African Migration Observatory and former Advocate General of the African Union.

The residential component of the programme, held in the UNIDROIT headquarters in Rome, began with an opening ceremony attended by diplomatic representatives from Algeria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State and Zambia, with messages from the Hon. Marina Sereni, Minister Fabio Cassese, South African Ambassador Ms. Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile, and the General Counsel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Mr. Alberto Ninio.

The three-week residential component concluded with the formal presentation of attendance certificates to the 21 magistrates and government officials from 12 countries and one international body. These countries include Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia. A representative of ECOWAS was also present.

All the lectures were delivered by 29 lecturers who covered the topics included in the syllabus. They were supported by online materials and printed publications provided during the classes.

Adequate space was allocated for debates and discussions on the programme topics, enabling participants to present specific situations and/or needs of their respective countries. UNIDROIT lawyers facilitated these discussions by providing dedicated spaces for dialogue and discussions.

The courses were characterised by a high degree of participant interaction and involvement. This was partly facilitated by socialising events organised after the seminars, including guided tours in Rome and formal and informal social gatherings.

Special thanks to H. E. Ms Nosipho Nausca-Jean Jezile, Ambassador of South Africa to Italy, for her valuable contribution and for graciously hosting the welcome reception on 21st July 2022 at her residence.



“The Summer School was enriching and impactful, especially with regard to new areas of law related to digital assets, the MAC Convention, the Convention on the Restitution of Stolen and Illegally Acquired Cultural Property, and agricultural land investment contracts, to name a few.

We pledge to transpose the knowledge gained in these weeks to our countries to replicate the models and conventions of private international law adopted by UNIDROIT. We also pledge to be good ambassadors of UNIDROIT in the various areas of our profession. We are confident that this relationship between the students of the July 2022 Summer School and UNIDROIT will bear good fruit”

Participants of the International Summer School 2022