The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the CTC) is one of the world’s most important commercial law treaties, which has secured over 50 ratifications in relatively short period of time. 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.

This conference was the second annual conference of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project, which is described briefly below.

The second conference built  on the success of the first, and  followed a similar format. Papers included discussion of the treatment of non-consensual interests and of intangibles in the CTC, and of the particular provisions in the CTC regarding public service, and jurisdiction and choice of law. There were  also  papers on CTC and comparative law and on the relationship between the CTC and national law, including the implementation of the former into the latter. The papers were published in the second edition of the Cape Town Convention Academic Journal and drafts are available below. 

The conference took place in the Faculty of Law, Oxford University on 10th and 11th September.

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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