The U.S.-Mexico Bar Association has announced the dates for its 2017 annual conference, themed "Updating the U.S.-Mexico Partnership: Where to go from here?" This year's conference will discuss the evolving relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in the present political climate. The conference builds on the success of last year’s conference in Monterrey, Mexico, and will feature expert panels comprised of top lawyers, bankers, the judiciary, and academics from Mexico and the U.S.
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) held a three day Congress from July 4-6, 2017, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and explore new directions in cross-border commerce. Attended by leaders in the field of international trade law, including academics, jurists, diplomats, and experts, the Congress examined ways in which UNCITRAL can contribute to managing new development issues and fostering innovation through the modernization of international trade law. NatLaw's Executive Director, Dr. Marek Dubovec, served as a panelist for Session 5, titled "Developments in the Law of International Trade and Commerce: the Credit Economy."
Sierra Leone officially launched a collateral registry for movable assets on June 12, 2017. The collateral registry will improve access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises in Sierra Leone. An initiative of the Bank of Sierra Leone, the collateral registry was developed with the support of the World Bank Group and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID). NatLaw's Dr. Marek Dubovec advised the Bank of Sierra Leone in the design and implementation of the collateral registry, as well as in the drafting of the collateral registry regulations.
The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade in conjunction with the International Insolvency Institute and the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa organized a 2 day secured transactions coordination conference aimed at advancing coordination in global secured lending reform. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the conference was held on February 9-10, 2017, and brought together several secured transactions, insolvency, and commercial law experts from around the world to discuss the necessity of improved international and regional cooperation in secured credit and insolvency reform.
In advance of the first session of the UNIDROIT Committee of Governmental Experts for the preparation of a draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Agricultural, Construction and Mining Equipment (the “MAC Protocol”), UNIDROIT invited member States and State parties to the Cape Town Convention to attend a half-day symposium to discuss key aspects of the project.