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About the Project


The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the 'Convention'), adopted in late 2001, is one of the most successful commercial law treaties. Sixty (60) countries are parties to it. It is important in substantive and conceptual terms: taken together, its provisions address property rights, insolvency, electronic commerce, and dispute resolution to a degree without precedent in the field of transnational commercial law. Information about the current status of the Convention and the declarations made by contracting states to these instruments can be found on the UNIDROIT website.


The Cape Town Convention Academic Project (the 'Project') seeks to assist scholars, students, practising lawyers, judges and other government officials, and industry by providing information on and education about the Convention and its protocols (collectively, the 'CTC').

The Project is a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. The repository and journal are under the joint auspices of the Project and UNIDROIT, the international organisation that led the development and acts as the depositary of the CTC. ICAO and OTIF are also cooperating with the Project. The AWG is the founding sponsor of the Project. The project benefitted from a financial contribution from ISTAT, offsetting costs associated with creation of the Project's website, and the engagement of the RWG, strengthening rail-related content.


NOTE ON CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT: Additional materials will be added as they become available.

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Project's Main Activities:

RepositoryCreating a comprehensive, digitised, and searchable repository of primary and secondary materials on the CTC, the preparatory work leading to their adoption, their implementation in national law, and relevant case law and administrative action

JournalPublishing a journal containing scholarly articles on the CTC

OC AnnotationsPublishing annotations to the Official Commentary on the Convention and its Aircraft Protocol

ConferencesHolding annual academic conferences on the CTC

Economic AssessmentFurthering economic assessment of the CTC

Instructional MaterialsCreating instructional materials on the CTC

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