The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (‘the CTC’) is one of the world’s most important commercial law treaties, and now has 73 Contracting States.  Papers from the first five annual conferences, held in Oxford between 2012 and 2016, are published in the Cape Town Convention Academic Journal and are available electronically from the project website.

The sixth annual conference, which builds on the success of the first five, will be held in Oxford on 12th and 13th September 2017.  Papers will cover a variety of topics relating to the CTC and its existing protocols, including the power to dispose of equipment under the CTC, novation and assignments under the CTC, and a comparison of the position of buyers under the three protocols.  The conference will also include a dispute resolution case study session within the context of injunction and (declared) non-judicial remedies.  The conference will start with an update on the negotiation of the protocol on mining, agriculture, and construction equipment, and there will be presentations on two areas of interest in relation to this protocol: the mechanism for updating identification criteria and the treatment of fixtures and land liens in the protocol, coupled with a comparative analysis of the accession rules in all three existing protocols.

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 comprises several segments, including the creation of a comprehensive electronic database, a specialised journal, the creation of teaching materials, and economic assessment. Details are on the project website.

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