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12th Cape Town Convention Academic Project Conference 2023

September 27, 2023 - September 28, 2023

Cape Town Convention Academic Project – 12th Conference

Enforcement and dispute resolution in relation
to the Cape Town Convention

 27th and 28th September 2023


This year’s conference will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of September 2023. It will be held in Cambridge as an in-person conference, but also with the opportunity to join virtually for anyone who is not able to join in person. The conference will be held at Jesus College, University of Cambridge

The conference this year will focus on Enforcement and Dispute Resolution in relation to the Cape Town Convention. The programme will include contributions from leading academics and other experts, as well as discussion involving Cape Town Convention experts from all fields. As always, the conference will be highly interactive, with each session including ample opportunity for questions and debate.

The conference will be preceded on 26th September by a moot involving students from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The moot, which will be judged by Mr. Justice Zacaroli and Professor Riz Mokal, is one of the first to take place under the Cape Town Convention International Moot Programme, the purpose of which is to familiarise students and judges with the CTC in the context of complex hypothetical fact patterns and to provide students with educational exercises involving these instruments in a simulated judicial setting. The moot will take place at 5pm in Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and all those attending the conference in person are invited to attend the moot.

Conference sessions will include discussions of the meaning of procedural law (with particular reference to the CTC), CTC Article 42 and forum non conveniens, relief pending final determination and enforcement of treaty breaches in the CTC context, as well as analyses of the CTC caselaw in the light of the interpretative requirements of Article 5 CTC and of the mechanics and dynamics in practice of enforcement in insolvency. There will also be sessions on leasing and the CTC, and the relationship between project finance and asset finance. Two lunchtime sessions will reflect on the coming into force of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, and on lessons to be learnt for the moot programme from the moot on 26th September.

The conference will take place in West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BQ. There will be a conference dinner at Jesus College on the evening of the 27th of September. Refreshments during the two days of the conference and the conference dinner are included in the conference fee of £330 for in person attendance. There is a fee of £160 for online attendance.

Fees are waived for students, academics who cannot obtain funding from their institution and government officials. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, please use this code: CVTC23R. You will have to self-certify that you fall into the relevant category.

Registration and booking for the conference is available here. If you have any questions about the booking system, please contact charlie@suzyhowes.co.uk

The Programme can be found here.


Ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation in Jesus College is available for the nights of 26, 27 and/or 28 September. You can book accommodation in Jesus College here.  Please use the promotion code CTC0923 while making your booking. A guest can also be invited to attend the Conference dinner on 13th September at an additional cost of £70.

If you prefer to arrange your own accommodation elsewhere, you may find useful the enclosed list of hotels in Cambridge offering a variety of options.

The Fellows House

The Graduate

University Arms

Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Hotel du Vin

The Varsity Hotel

The Clayton Hotel

We look forward to welcoming you in Cambridge (or online) for what promises to be yet another excellent and inspiring conference.

All updates regarding the conference, including the programme, will be shared on the event page. Please contact the Cape Town Convention Academic Project (ctcap@unidroit.org) for any additional information.



Yours Sincerely,

Professor Louise Gullifer K.C. (hon) FBA

Professor Ignacio Tirado

Professor Jeffrey Wool


Conference Sponsors:


September 27, 2023
September 28, 2023




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