The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the CTC) is one of the world’s most important commercial law treaties, which now has 65 Contracting States. The Convention and its protocols provides for an international interest, registered in a central international registry, in aircraft, railway rolling stock and space assets. The CTC is not only worthy of study in its own right, but raises many issues of more general interest, such as the use of private law conventions in transnational law, and the process by which such conventions are developed and agreed. Papers from the first three annual conferences, held in Oxford in 2012, 2013 and 2014, are published in the Cape Town Convention Academic Journal and are available electronically from the project website at

The fourth annual conference, which builds on the success of the first three, will be held in Oxford on 8th and 9th September 2015. Papers will include discussion of the relationships between the CTC and the 1944 Geneva Convention, between the CTC and international sanctions and between CTC articles 13, 14 and 54(2) and local procedural law. There will also be discussion of legal opinions, standards and practices and the CTC, and of the public and private features of the CTC. There will also be a session on the draft mining, agricultural and construction protocol, focusing on the underlying basic principles and the economic considerations relating to the project. The conference will start with an update on the process in the UK for ratification of the CTC.

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project is a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. Aspects of the Project are also being undertaken under the auspices of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). The Project’s purpose is to facilitate the study and assessment of the CTC and to advance its aims. The Project will benefit scholars, practising lawyers, and judges and other government officials. The Project’s founding sponsor is the Aviation Working Group. It is comprised of several segments, including the creation of a comprehensive electronic data base, a specialised journal, the creation of teaching materials, and economic assessment.


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