Cape Town Convention Academic Project: 8th Annual Conference,

Event date
10 - 11 September
Event time
10:30 - 16:15
Oxford week
Blavatnik School of Government

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

This conference covered issues and discussion on all three existing protocols of the Cape Town Convention, and the draft MAC protocol.

There was 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 were 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 was also 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 was a little different. The conference consisted of slightly longer panel sessions, with the emphasis on discussion between the panellists and from the floor. Contributions to the Journal this year included comprehensive reports of the discussion as well as academic papers. 

Some of the presentations from this year's conference can be accessed below.








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.