UNIDROIT WORK AND INSTRUMENTS
IN THE AREA
OF SECURED TRANSACTIONS
Cape Town Convention
UNIDROIT's most important work in the field of Secured Transactions Law is the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment This was adopted by the international community at a diplomatic conference in Cape Town, South Africa on 16 November 2001. It presently has over 70 Contracting States and the support of 1 regional economic integration organisation. The Cape Town Convention system works by means of Protocols for specific industries. There are presently three Protocols to the Cape Town Convention with a fourth Protocol presently under development:
The Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment was prepared jointly by UNIDROIT and ICAO and was opened for signature to the international community in 16 January 2001. It presently has over 70 Contracting States and has entered into force since 1 March 2006. The Aviation Working Group is actively involved in the promotion and implementation of this Protocol.
The Luxembourg Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock was adopted by a diplomatic Conference held in Luxembourg on 23 February 2007. It has 9 Signatories with an increasing number of States highly interested in becoming a party to it. The Rail Working Group is also actively engaged in further developing and promoting this Protocol.
The Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets was adopted at a diplomatic Conference held in Berlin on 9 March 2012. It has 4 Signatories and is actively being promoted by UNIDROIT at various fora all across the world. The Space Preparatory Commission is also actively engaged in further developing and promoting of this Protocol to relevant States and members of the industry.
The Fourth Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Mining, Agricultural and Construction Equipment is being developed by UNIDROIT and is expected to be completed in 2019. The Committee of Governmental Experts for this Protocol has met twice over the course of 2017 and has seen participation from over 50 States and various members of the MAC Industry represented by the MAC Working Group.
19 Sep 2018
Secretary-General a.i. in Cape Town for Regional Event on the Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol
19 Jun 2018
14 Jun 2018
Cape Town Convention
The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town Convention) has been regarded as one of the most impactful developments in commercial treaty law over the past 50 years and has the capacity to result in billions worth of economic benefits for contracting States. The Convention itself is an umbrella treaty furthered by Protocols relating to specific industries:
The purpose of the Cape Town Convention and its various Protocols is to provide an international secured transactions regime applicable to the trade of high value, mobile, and uniquely identifiable equipment. The system functions through the creation of different international registries under each Protocol to enable the creation, registration, and enforcement of priority rights within assets of a registrable nature. This in turn adds an international guarantee to financiers within these industries towards their assets hence allowing them to lend with confidence and at lower rates. The primary objectives of the Cape Town Convention are:
- to facilitate the acquisition and financing of internationally mobile assets by creating rights recognised in all Contracting States;
- to establish an electronic registry of international interests which serves to give notice to third parties and ensures priority;
- to give creditors recourse to basic default and insolvency-related remedies designed to offer rapid relief;
- to ensure that the specific needs of an industry with respect to financing are met through various Protocols; and
- to give prospective creditors a greater degree of confidence when extending credit to borrowers.
Cape Town Convention Academic Project
The Cape Town Convention Academic Project seeks to assist scholars, students, practicing lawyers, judges and other government officials, and industry by providing information on and education about the Convention and its Protocols. The Project is a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. The repository and journal are under the joint auspices of the Project and UNIDROIT. Learn more about the project by clicking the image below:
Designed specifically to facilitate asset-based financing and leasing of aviation equipment, the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention expands financing opportunities available to entities looking to build their fleets, and reduces the costs associated with acquiring finance to do so, thereby providing substantial economic benefits for operators and the economies within which they function.