There are clear complementarities between the mission and purpose of the Commercial Law Centre, and that of UNIDROIT, which was established in 1926 for the study of the needs and methods for the modernisation, harmonisation and coordination of private (and particularly commercial) law between States, and the formulation of uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives. There are already many ongoing joint projects between the CLC and UNIDROIT which are listed below, and the affiliation is designed to facilitate many more, including the exchange of ideas between those working on UNIDROIT projects and CLC members, research visits, joint events and joint initiatives in fundraising towards visiting fellowships and exchanges.
Ongoing joint projects:
The Cape Town Convention Academic Project, which is to facilitate the academic study and assessment of the UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols, and is run jointly between the University of Washington and the University of Oxford. Six conferences have already been held in Oxford as part of this project, and the seventh is planned for 12th and 13th September 2018.
The Best Practices in Electronic Registration project, which considers the international and national standards for electronic registries and aims to draw up a guide to best practices for modern electronic registries of data or property rights. It is a joint undertaking by the Commercial Law Centre, the UNIDROIT Foundation and the Global Business law Institute at the University of Washington. Two workshops associated with this project have already been held at Harris Manchester College and a third is to take place on 5th and 6th November 2018.
Economic Assessment of International Commercial Law Reform project, which considers, in an interdisciplinary and critical manner, the principles that should be applied in making economic assessments, both ex ante and ex post, of the type of international commercial law reform projects undertaken by UNIDROIT. It is a joint undertaking by the Commercial Law Centre, the UNIDROIT Foundation and the Global Business law Institute at the University of Washington. Three workshops associated with this project have already been held at Harris Manchester College.
Development Finance in Emerging Markets: Challenges, Innovations and Results This important conference was held on 13th -15th April 2018 at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, and discussed how innovative financial structures and strategies can address these issues, thereby facilitating increased EMDE investments from banks, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, private equity funds, public and private pension funds and other institutional parties. The conference was run by Queen Mary – UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law in association with the Commercial Law Centre, Harris Manchester College.