The first annual conference of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project took place on 5th and 6th September 2012 and was a great success.   55 people attended, including academics, industry leaders, and financiers, practitioners from leading law firms, regulators, and representatives from Aviareto, which runs the registry of international interests in aircraft.   The attendees came from all over the world, including Mexico, Japan, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland, as well as the USA and the UK.
 Papers ranged from detailed discussion of provisions of the Convention, such as the insolvency provisions, and the provision for interim relief, to discussion of wider issues, such as the process of economic assessment in commercial law treaty formation.  
The conference is part of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project, which is a joint project between the University of Oxford and the University of Washington to facilitate the study and assessment of the Cape Town Convention and to advance its aims. Many of the papers discussed at the conference were published in the first volume of the Cape Town Convention Journal, which will shortly be available on the project website.
The conference was kindly sponsored by Abagados Sierra y Vazquez, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Clifford Chance, Holland & Knight and Kaye Scholer.