On 9 August 2016 the Secretary-General delivered a paper titled “assessing the impact of commercial law harmonisation: the experience of UNIDROIT” at the 77th International Law Association Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the mission he was also invited to deliver a public lecture on “the impact of the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts on domestic law” at the Law Faculty. While in South Africa, the Secretary-General took the opportunity to meet with Ms De Wet, Director of the State Chief Law Adviser Division at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).


Estrella Faria South Africa

Front Row: From Left to Right: Prof. M. G. Martinek (University of Saarland, Germany; Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Commercial Law at UJ); Prof. H. Gabriel (Elon University, USA; Member Governing Council UNIDROIT); Prof. I. Rensburg (Vice Chancellor and Rector, UJ); His Excellency Mr J. A. Estrella Faria (Secretary General UNIDROIT); Prof. L. G. Mpedi (Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, UJ).
Back Row: From Left to Right: Mr F. Adams (UJ); Prof. J. L. Neels (Director Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Countries, UJ; Member Governing Council UNIDROIT); Prof. G. T. S. Eiselen (UNISA; Secretary CISG Advisory Council); Prof. C. Hugo (UJ); Prof. D. Millard (Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, UJ); Dr E. A. Fredericks (Deputy Director Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Countries, UJ); Dr S. Khanderia (UJ); Ms R Cupido (UJ); Mr G. J. Bouwers (UJ); Mr J A Botha (UJ); Ms M. Buntting (UJ).


Between 15 – 16 August 2016 the Secretary-General visited Mozambique and met with governmental officials and private sector representatives to discuss the utility of implementing UNIDROIT instruments in Mozambique. Of particular note were his meetings with Mr Silva A. Dunduro, Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Mr Carlos Fortes Mesquita, Minister of Transport. The Secretary-General  also delivered a lecture at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo on UNIDROIT’s contribution to the formation of transnational commercial law. The lecture was organised by the Centre of Studies on Regional Integration and SADC Law – CEDIR in cooperation with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Law Faculty and UNIDROIT.

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