IPLD 2024


The International Programme for Law and Development (IPLD) is organised by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) thanks to the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation/Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (MAECI-DGCS). 


The UNIDROIT IPLD is an initiative developed within the UNIDROIT Academy. It was established to promote and share knowledge of the international legal instruments elaborated and approved under the auspices of the Institute. The upcoming edition, IPLD 2024, will be the third edition after the two successful editions in 2022 and 2023.

The IPLD 2024 will be held from 6 June to 5 July 2024, the first two weeks online and the following three weeks in person at UNIDROIT’s headquarters in Rome, Italy:

            Online weeks: 06 June – 16 June 2024

            Residential weeks: 17 June – 5 July 2024

A complete and detailed course programme will be distributed to successful applicants.

Language: English

Maximum intake: 20/22 participants

Aim and objectives

The programme is intended for legal and judicial professionals, particularly judges, public lawyers, and experienced legislative drafters from African Countries. The IPLD’s goal is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of UNIDROIT’s legal instruments for the unification of private and commercial law, focusing on those relevant to sustainable development. The ultimate goal is for participants to use these instruments nationally while promoting international cooperation and mutual understanding.

Furthermore, the IPLD seeks to establish a community forum to foster an international network of legal professionals committed to advancing law and development by encouraging participants to exchange ideas and best practices.

The course syllabus

The syllabus of the programme includes distinct but interconnected topics summarised as follows: 

  • Introduction to the Role of Transnational Law and Unification
  • Access to Credit
  • International Commercial Contracts
  • Private Law and Agricultural Development
  • Law and Technology
  • Civil Procedure
  • Cultural Property
  • Sustainable Development

The course will feature contributions from specialised experts, including judges, academics, practitioners from various countries, members of UNIDROIT governing bodies, UNIDROIT lawyers, and officials of other intergovernmental organisations that cooperate with UNIDROIT. All lectures will be conducted in English based on a teaching methodology aimed at fostering active engagement among participants in a dynamic environment. Through interactive workshops, case studies, and group discussions, participants can apply their knowledge to practical scenarios, thereby fostering a deep understanding of the subject matter.

Course certificate

A full-time presence, both online and on-site, and active participation in completing all assignments is required to obtain the course certificate.

IPLD Community and Alumni Association

Upon completing the International Programme, participants are granted free membership (for two years) to the UNIDROIT Alumni Association. In addition, they are invited to produce papers for publication in electronic format on the Institute’s website and to become members of the IPLD LinkedIn Community to exchange experiences.


All selected participants are exempt from any participation fees.

Travel, accommodation, and living expenses

Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from governmental institutions, employers, or funding agencies.

UNIDROIT will offer various support options for participants attending its in-person component. These provisions include student-level accommodation, grants to assist with living expenses, and coverage for round-trip travel costs to and from Rome on a case-by-case basis. Participants selected to receive a living travel grant are expected to attend both the online and in-person components of the programme.

Female applicants will be given special consideration in the selection process to promote equal opportunity.

Application process

The International Programme for Law and Development accepts applications from African countries for judges, public lawyers, and experienced legislative drafters.

To apply to the IPLD, candidates must submit a complete online application form, which must include the following 4 documents in English grouped into ONE single PDF file for submission:

  1. a short cover letter – including at least three syllabus topics of relevance for the applicant’s institutional work;
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  3. a scan of the passport;
  4. Endorsement/authorisation letter from the applicant’s institution according to the draft form.

Each candidate will be assessed on his or her cover letter, CV, English proficiency, and the relevance of UNIDROIT’s instruments in her/his institutional functions. In selecting candidates, consideration will be given to ensuring a diverse geographical provenance.

The application deadline has been extended to the 30 March 2024 at 11:59 pm CET.

For any inquiries and further information, please send us an email at

Short-listing will be undertaken in April 2024. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application in April 2024.