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The eighth annual conference of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project will take place in Oxford on 10th and 11th September 2019.

As usual, this conference covers issues and discussion on all three existing protocols of the Cape Town Convention, and the draft MAC protocol.

There will be a major discussion of the Oceanair litigation in Brazil. Fundamental Cape Town Conventions issues are present in that case, including the interpretation and application of its substantive and cross border insolvency provisions. Oceanair is the first large scale insolvency in which the treaty plays a central role. With the Diplomatic Conference coming up in November this year, there will be two sessions on the draft MAC protocol : one looking critically at provisions in that protocol that are based on those in the other protocols, and the other looking at the relationship between the draft MAC protocol and domestic secured transactions law. There will also be a session on the interpretation of the Cape Town Convention in the various language versions, and a discussion of the CTC Compliance Index. 

This year, the format will be a little different. The conference will consist of slightly longer panel sessions, with the emphasis on discussion between the panellists and from the floor. Contributions to the Journal this year will include comprehensive reports of the discussion as well as academic papers. 


Tuesday 10th September

10.30am     Delegate registration and tea/coffee

11.15am     Assessment of provisions in MAC protocol that are based on other protocols: any need for change?

                  Chair: Philip Durham, Holland & Knight, MAC working group

12.45pm     Buffet lunch

2.00pm       Comprehensive case study of Oceanair insolvency: session 1

                   (1) facts; (2) setting: Brazilian ratification, legal system, and key legal practices; (3) arguments made by all parties; (4) action taken by courts and administrative authorities; (5)  discussion and assessment

                   Chair: Ken Basch, Partner, Basch and Ramel, Sao Paolo

3.30pm       Tea/coffee

4pm            Comprehensive case study of Oceanair insolvency: session 2

                   (1) political economy and practical considerations; (2) treatment of key issues which arose in the Official Commentary; (3) US chapter 15 proceedings

                   Chair: Ken Basch, Partner, Basch and Ramel, Sao Paolo

5.30 pm      Summary of day

Opportunity to book into accommodation

6.15pm       Drinks, followed by dinner (7.15pm) at Harris Manchester College

Wednesday 11th September

9am            Tea/coffee

9.30am       Linguistics and the interpretation of the Cape Town Convention

                   Chair: Professor Ignacio Tirado, Secretary-General, UNIDROIT

11.30am     Tea/coffee

11.50am     CTC Compliance Index: discussion of draft final methodology and scoring and related CTC compliance information platform

                   Professor Jeffrey Wool, University of Washington, Aviation Working Group, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

1.20pm       Buffet lunch

2.30pm       Relationship between MAC protocol and domestic secured transactions law

                   Chair: Professor Louise Gullifer, Professor of Commercial Law, University of Oxford

4pm            Closing remarks



As you know, 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 79 Contracting States. Papers from the first seven annual conferences, held in Oxford between 2012 and 2018, are published in the Cape Town Convention Academic Journal and are available electronically from the project website at

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 at

The conference is kindly sponsored by five leading law firms: Abogados Sierra; Blake, Cassels & Graydon; Clifford Chance; RNC Legal and Holland & Knight.