The President of the organisation, Maria Chiara Malaguti, declares: “We need to bring the systems together to create opportunities”.
ROME – Call it “legal diplomacy” or, if you prefer, jurists for development, which could be considered synonymous with cooperation and exchange that become opportunities in turn.
This is the mindset of a training initiative which, starting on 19 June, for a period of three weeks, will bring jurists, State lawyers and drafters of legislative texts to Rome from 17 African countries.
FROM 19th JUNE AT THE SEAT OF Unidroit IN VIA PANISPERNA
The sessions have been organised by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, a multilateral entity in the Italian capital since 1926, which has at present 65 Member States across five continents. “We have selected Africa for a master’s programme not addressed to young people who have just finished their studies, but to those who are already working in government administration, who will arrive in Rome after having first attended an online module lasting two weeks,” Maria Chiara Malaguti, President of Unidroit, explains; she is a professor of international law at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore. “We want to raise awareness in the continent with respect to the possibilities of unifying law by drawing juridical instruments closer together. The objective is not that of fashioning all the same, nor standardising, but that of modernising and forging systems to be compatible and connected to each other”.
PERSPECTIVE ON SUSTAINABILITY
The premise is that, between 19 June and 7 July, in Via Panisperna, 28, in the halls of Villa Aldobrandini, solid foundations will be laid in the scope of sustainability. “As we see it, a country will grow if it has modern legislation that is compatible with neighbouring countries and with prospective trade partners”, Prof. Malaguti observes. “And we must ensure that such communication take place not only in relation with western countries, but within the continent itself, and also through regional organisations like the African Union”.
22 JURISTS FROM ALGERIA TO TANZANIA, FROM MALAWI TO MAURITANIA
Twenty-two jurists selected by qualification and candidature will participate in this initiative called the “International Program for Law Development”, in its second edition, directed by Marco Nicoli. These jurists come from across the continent: from Algeria to South Africa, from Nigeria to Somalia, from Mauritania to Tanzania, from Egypt to Malawi.
“Visibility will also be given to instruments for accessing credit and finance”, says Prof. Malaguti. “We have international treaties that concern fundamental guarantees for infrastructure financing, i.e., machinery or large projects; moreover, there are instruments for agriculture available for local communities, to ensure that their production can participate in the international supply chain”.
OTHER APPOINTMENTS FOR 2023
These are themes and opportunities that will be addressed in greater depth in 2023, including via remote meetings, with participants from last year’s edition connecting from Algeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Kenya.
HOW TO FINANCE GOOD IDEAS
One strength registered in the DNA of a multilateral organisation like Unidroit is that of transverse and multidirectional exchange. Prof. Malaguti underlines this by mentioning a convention regarding claims of restitution of stolen or illegally exported cultural objects. “From African countries we have received a crucial contribution, starting from a strong interest on this issue”, the President emphasises. “Then there is the innovation component, regarding start-ups and new technologies, which are rapidly developing: ideas are arriving from Africa which are valid for all countries of the world and for international cooperation, which come into play when someone has a great idea but, at the same time, needs the possibility of finance in order to implement it”.
Original article (in Italian): Unidroit guarda all’Africa: giuristi a Roma da 17 Paesi – DIRE.it