The purpose of this project is to facilitate the academic study and assessment of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention), together with its Protocols, for the benefit of scholars, practising lawyers, courts and governments. 

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project is a joint undertaking between the University of Washington School of Law and the University of Oxford Faculty of Law. Its purpose is to facilitate the academic study and assessment of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention), together with its Protocols, for the benefit of scholars, practising lawyers, courts and governments. The Cape Town Convention is one of the most important and innovative international conventions ever to have been concluded in the field of transnational commercial law and already has 65 Contracting States. The project seeks to enhance the understanding and effective implementation of the treaty and advance its aims.

Information about the Cape Town Convention can be found on the websites of UNIDROIT, the legal depository of the treaty, and the Aviation Working Group, the founding sponsor of the project.

The main activities of the project are: the creation of a comprehensive digitized and searchable database of primary and secondary materials on the Convention and Protocols, the preparatory work leading to their adoption, and their implementation in national law, a journal, conferences, teaching materials, and law and economics assessment. The database ( http://www.ctcap.org/ ) and journal are being undertaken under the joint auspices of UNIDROIT. The Aviation Working Group is the founding sponsor of the project. The International Civil Aviation Organization and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail are also cooperating with the project.

The project seeks to draw out and assess general principles and themes seen in the broader context of transnational commercial law, such as the relationship between commercial law reform and economic benefit, the relationship between international and national law, the interplay between private law and public law and the use of a system of opt-in and opt-out declarations to provide flexibility in the application of provisions so as to respect national sensitivities, and the role of electronic commerce, including the use of electronic registries.

The project started in July 2011. Five annual conferences have already been held in Oxford; the most recent was held on 13th and 14th September 2016.  The sixth annual conference will be held in Oxford on 12th and 13th September 2017.

Professor Jeffrey Wool is the Executive Director of the Project, and is the Executive Editor of the Cape Town Convention Journal.  Professor Wool is a member of the Commercial Law Centre, and is the Academic Lead for the University of Washington.  Professor Louise Gullifer is the Oxford University Academic Lead working with Professor Sir Roy Goode.

 

Publications

  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock, 2nd Edition (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2014)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and the 2007 Luxembourg Protocol on railway rolling stock. Written and published pursuant to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference held in Luxembourg in February 2007. Revised and expanded in 2014
    ISBN: 88-86449-29-8
  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, 3rd Edition (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2013)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and associated Aircraft Protocol. Written and published pursunt to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference in Cape Town in November/December 2001. Revised and expanded in 2008 and in 2013
    ISBN: 88-86449-25-9
  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Space Assets (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2013)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and the 2012 Protocol on space assets. Written and published pursuant to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference held in Berlin in 2012.
    ISBN: 88-86449- 21-6

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