UNIDROIT has established three Academic Institutes, which aim to promote research and scholarship in the field of transnational commercial law and international arbitration, with a focus on topics related to UNIDROIT’s uniform law initiatives, projects and instruments.

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.

On 9 February 2023, the partnership was relaunched with a signing ceremony held at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), celebrating an agreement  signed by Professor Ignacio Tirado, Secretary-General of UNIDROIT, and Professor Professor Colin Grant, Vice-Principal (International) of QMUL . The Institute, with a newly appointed Executive, Management, and Advisory Boards,  is led by Professor Anna Veneziano and Professor Rosa Lastra as Co-Directors, Professor Sir Roy Goode as Founding Director and Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer as Deputy Director.


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In April 2023, Roma Tre University School of Law and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) constituted the Roma Tre – UNIDROIT Centre for Transnational Commercial Law and International Arbitration, with the intention to implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two institutions on 15 November 2021.


The Centre aims at promoting research and scholarly debate on transnational commercial law and international arbitration. Primary attention will be dedicated to research on topics of transnational commercial law related to UNIDROIT’s uniform law initiatives, projects and instruments.

The Centre also aims at developing and coordinating research projects, promoting conferences, seminars and workshops, and producing specialised publications in order to disseminate the results of the research. It is further intended to establish a stable dialogue on these issues by fostering relations and promoting collaborations with universities, national and international scientific bodies (both public and private) and the private sector.


The Centre is directed by Prof. Maria Chiara Malaguti (President of UNIDROIT) and Prof. Giacomo Rojas Elgueta (Professor of Private Law at Roma Tre University School of Law).



The Centre for Nordic Studies and Transnational Private Law (Nordic Law Centre – NLC) is a Research Centre which fosters cooperation between the Nordic region and UNIDROIT in the field of private law. The Centre was founded in May 2023 and functions under the auspices of the UNIDROIT Academy.

In line with the UNIDROIT’s harmonization activity, the Centre aims at promoting research in private law from a comparative law perspective and with a focus on the Nordic law within the areas in which UNIDROIT is active. The Centre seeks to increase international awareness of Nordic law and disseminate UNIDROIT’s work in the region.

While acknowledging the efficacy of both hard and soft law instruments, UNIDROIT also recognizes the valuable role of comparative law, particularly in regions where cultural and social similarities have naturally led to legal uniformization. The Nordic region, with its distinct legal framework, presents a fertile ground for such comparative research. Accordingly, the Centre encompasses legal systems and institutions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.



The NLC offers a space for jurists from Nordic countries or with a comparative law interest in the relationship between private law and Nordic law to undertake their research and share its results in an international context.

The Centre engages in activities such as seminars, workshops, and conferences to showcase Nordic law from a comparative law perspective, with a connecting point to UNIDROIT’s work or to transnational law.

The Centre is supported by UNIDROIT’s Library, with a dedicated section for Nordic studies to provide a rich research environment. This section houses Nordic law literature, including the Cordero – Cordero Moss Collection.