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. Papers from the first two annual conferences, held in Oxford in 2012 and 2013, are published in the Cape Town Convention Academic Journal and are available electronically from the project website at

The third annual conference, which builds on the success of the first two, will be held in Oxford on 9th and 10th September 2014. Papers will include discussion of the relationships between the CTC and treaty compliance and between the CTC and Article 13 of the EU Regulation 44/2001, as well as the relationships between the Rail Protocol and national systems of rail registration, and the Space Protocol and international space-related law.   There will be a detailed analysis of the de-registration and export provisions, a comment on the paper given last year on the relationship between the CTC and national law and a paper reflecting on the impact of the work of the CTC academic project so far on international research and information systems. 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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