International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)

Institut international pour l'unification du droit privé
Instituto Internacional para la Unificación del Derecho Privado
Internationales Institut für die Vereinheitlichung des Privatrechts
Istituto Internazionale per l'Unificazione del Diritto Privato

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History

Founded 20 Apr 1926, Rome (Italy), by agreement between the Government of Italy and the Council of League of Nations (SDN), of which it was an auxiliary organ. Inaugurated 30 May 1928. Re-constituted by multilateral agreement (Statut Organique), 21 Apr 1940, Rome, with statutes adopted on 15 Mar 1940, Rome. Statutes modified: June 1957; July 1958; Dec 1963; 1976; Jan 1986; Mar 1993.

Aims

Study needs and methods for modernizing, harmonizing and coordinating private and in particular commercial law as between States and groups of States; formulate uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives.

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Activities

Prepares the following instruments addressed to states: international conventions; uniform laws; model laws; sets of principles; recommendations. Instruments concluded under UNIDROIT auspices, include:

 • Convention Relating to a Uniform Law on the Formation of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (ULFIS);

 • Convention Relating to a Uniform Law on the International Sale of Goods (ULIS);

 • International convention on travel contracts (CCV);

 • Convention Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will;

 • Convention on Agency in the International Sale of Goods;

 • Convention on International Factoring;

 • Convention on International Financial Leasing;

 • Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects;

 • UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town convention), and its protocols Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, Luxembourg Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock (Luxembourg Protocol) and Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets;

 • UNIDROIT Convention on Substantive Rules for Intermediated Securities (Geneva Securities Convention) (2009);

 • Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) and Protocol to the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR).

Prepares sets of Principles addressed to arbitrators and directly to professional circles and legal Guides addressed to professional circles.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 25 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 19 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 63 countries
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UIA Org ID

B2136

Last News Received

18. Oct 2016
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