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The Inaugural Roy Goode Lecture in Commercial Law: "Private Commercial Law Conventions and Public and Private International Law: The radical approach of the Cape Town Convention 2001 and its Protocols"

1 March 2016

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London EC4Y 7DR

"Private Commercial Law Conventions and Public and Private International Law: The radical approach of the Cape Town Convention 2001 and its Protocols"

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is proud to announce The Inaugural Roy Goode Lecture in Commercial Law.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.


The 2001 Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile, with its associated Protocols, is one of the most successful commercial conventions in modern times.  In a mere 14 years the convention has attracted 70 ratifications and the aircraft protocol 61 ratifications.  Yet it is a feature of texts on treaty law that they focus exclusively on public law treaties, private law conventions being totally ignored.

The Convention and its associated Protocols are designed to facility the financing of aircraft objects, railway rolling stock and space assets through a set of uniform rules creating an international interest (i.e. the interest of a charge, conditional seller or lessor) which is protected by efficient default remedies, an international registration system, priority rules and protection against the debtor’s insolvency.  Experience has borne out economic impact assessments showing that the new regime can reduce borrowing costs and credit insurance premiums by billions of dollars a year.  This lecture describes the radical new international law-making techniques introduced by the above instruments, the introduction of public law provisions into what is primarily a private law convention and the continuing role of private international law.  It concludes with a brief examination of the process that led to the conclusion of the convention and protocols.

This is the first Roy Goode lecture and also the last public lecture that Roy Goode intends to give.


The speaker is Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE QC, Founder and Honorary President of CCLS.

The evening will be chaired by the Rt Hon the Lord Collins of Mapesbury, Former Justice of the Supreme Court.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is strictly by invitation only. 


For more information, please contact Collette Donne on tel no 020 7882 6181, or email on

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