At its 100th session the Governing Council approved the Secretariat’s proposal to create the UNIDROIT Academy, to adopt a unified approach to the many interrelated non-legislative, academic activities that underpin the general mandate of the Institute. The Academy may also be seen as a tool to facilitate UNIDROIT’s legislative activities, as well as a mechanism to promote the implementation and dissemination of the Institute’s work, through several pillars.
UNIDROIT currently has two ongoing Academic Projects, which aim to facilitate and further the academic study and assessment of certain UNIDROIT Conventions, as well as to share information in a wider academic network. The success of this format is twofold: the continuity of conferences and publications, and the expansion of parties to the treaties.
Queen Mary University London / Unidroit Institute For Transnational Commercial Law
The QMUL – UNIDROIT Institute for Transnational Commercial Law was founded in 2016 following an initiative of Professor Sir Roy Goode and UNIDROIT President Professor Alberto Mazzoni through a concordat between QMUL and UNIDROIT.
Recently, following the appoinment of the new Director of the Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Prof Loukas Mistelis, a meeting of the Executive Board was held in Rome, and remotely, on 21 September 2021, with the goal of revitalising the activities of the Institute.
A generous grant from the DG for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation donated to the Institute funded the first edition of the UNIDROIT International Summer School that launched in Summer 2022.
It was held in hybrid format from June 20 to July 22, 2022. The first part of the school took place online, via zoom from June 20 to July 1 2022. The second part was organised at UNIDROIT headquarters with in person classes from July 4 to 22.
The UNIDROIT Joint Chair Programmes are part of a new approach that the Secretariat has adopted to bolster technical knowledge and expertise in certain areas of the Institute’s work programme. The Secretariat’s workforce benefits from added capacity and stability to compensate for the limited time of external experts. The results of the Chair Programmes is expected to feed into both the Academic and Project output of the Institute.
From its foundation, UNIDROIT set as one of its priorities the creation of an international legal documentation centre to assist it in the research and studies it was about to undertake. Initially designed as a simple tool in support of the Institute’s scientific and legislative activities, over the years the Library has grown into one of the foremost legal documentation centres in Europe and beyond.
UNIDROIT has various formulas to allow vistors to spend time at the Institute. Be it to conduct independent research, benefit from a research scholarship, serve an internship at the Institute for the Secretariat, or under the form of Secondments, UNIDROIT vocation as a centre of excellence for academic research makes it an attractive hub for cooperation with academic institutions worldwide.
UNIDROIT constantly publishes a number of instruments, commentaries, and reports. Its foremost publication, the Uniform Law Review/ Revue de droit uniforme, is currently published by Oxford University Press and available for subscription either in print or online or both.
UNIDROIT periodically organises international conferences, meetings and seminars, the acts of which are published in the Uniform Law Review.