With Professor Sir Roy Goode’s personal endorsement, the Cape Town Convention Academic Project will issue annotations from time to time to the Official Commentary on the Convention and its Aircraft Protocol (the ‘Annotations’).

By resolution of the diplomatic conferences to adopt the Convention and Protocols thereto, Professor Sir Roy Goode was authorised to produce Official Commentaries on the instruments. The Official Commentary for the Convention and Aircraft Protocol was issued in 2002 and revised in 2008, 2013, and 2019. The Official Commentary for the Convention and Rail Protocol was issued in 2008 and revised in 2014, and the Official Commentary on the Convention and Space Protocol was issued in 2013. These commentaries are the authoritative source for those seeking to understand and interpret the Convention and its various protocols.

Annotations will be issued pursuant to procedures established by UNIDROIT and the University of Cambridge, under whose auspices and supervision the Cape Town Convention Academic Project operates.

Annotations will be organised by reference to the paragraph of the Official Commentary to which they relate. With each new issuance, the cumulative version will be updated.

Annotations do not form part of the Official Commentary itself, which is the only publication authorised by the 2001 Diplomatic Conference. While having no official standing, Annotations, as a neutral and informed analysis, will fulfil a useful function in addressing questions that the Official Commentary does not, or does not fully address.

TitleDescriptionYear
Aircraft Protocol Annotation: Release 1 - 26 February 2014Annotation to the 3rd Edition of the Commentary of the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention2014
Aircraft Protocol Annotation: Release 2 - 26 February 2014Annotation to the 3rd Edition of the Commentary of the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention2014
Aircraft Protocol Annotation: Release 3 - 28 August 2015Annotation to the 3rd Edition of the Commentary of the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention2015
Aircraft Protocol Annotation: Release 4 - 22 March 2016Annotation to the 3rd Edition of the Commentary of the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention2016
Cumulative Annotations as of 22 March 2016Cumulative Annotations to the 3rd Edition of the Commentary of the Aircraft Protocol of the Cape Town Convention as of 22 March 20162016