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The "Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment" (Cape Town Convention) and the
"Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Aircraft Equipment" (Aircraft Protocol) are collectively referred to as the Cape Town Treaty.



--- Status of the Cape Town Convention ---

The link below provides the following details for the status of the contracting States (UNIDROIT website):
1. Signature date
2. Status (Ratification, Acceptance, Approval or Accession)
3. Declarations references (with direct links to the relevant documents hosted in UNIDROIT's website)
4. Entry into force date

Status of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (.pdf)
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--- Cape Town Convention Academic Project ---

The Cape Town Convention Academic Project (the 'Project') seeks to assist scholars, students, practising lawyers, judges and other government officials, and industry by providing information on and education about the Convention and its protocols (collectively, the 'CTC').
The Project is a joint undertaking between the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of Washington School of Law. The repository and journal are under the joint auspices of the Project and UNIDROIT, the international organisation that led the development and acts as the depositary of the CTC. ICAO and OTIF are also cooperating with the Project. The AWG is the founding sponsor of the Project. The project benefitted from a financial contribution from ISTAT, offsetting costs associated with creation of the Project's website, and the engagement of the RWG, strengthening rail-related content.

Cape Town Convention Academic Project (website)
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--- Practitioner's Guide to the Cape Town Convention and The Aircraft Protocol ---

This Guide has been produced by the Legal Advisory Panel of the Aviation Working Group which is composed of leading practitioners of international aviation finance law (listed in the Guide). As one of the main goals of this publication is to provide education about the Cape Town Convention and its usefulness in practice, the Legal Advisory Panel intends to regularly update this Guide so as to keep it current.

Practitioner's Guide to the Cape Town Convention and The Aircraft Protocol (.pdf)
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--- Organisations ---

UNIDROIT
The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) is an independent intergovernmental Organisation based in Rome, Italy. Its purpose is to study needs and methods for modernising, harmonising and co-ordinating private and in particular commercial law as between States and groups of States.
UNIDROIT developed the "Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town, 2001)", commonly referred to as the Cape Town Convention, in order to facilitate asset-based financing and leasing of aviation equipment. The Cape Town Convention and the "Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters specific to Aircraft Equipment" are collectively referred to as the Cape Town Treaty.
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Aviation Working Group (AWG)
Aviation Working Group began work in 1994, at the request of UNIDROIT, as an ad hoc industry group to contribute to the development of the Cape Town Convention. Since that time, its scope of activity has significantly expanded and now addresses a wide range of topics affecting international aviation financing. In 2002, it formalised itself as a not-for-profit legal entity.
Aviation Working Group was a central participant in the development of the Cape Town Convention, which is in effect in the countries that have ratified or acceded to it. AWG is committed to the prompt and widespread implementation of the Cape Town Convention. It consults with governments around the world on ratification of the treaty, including on the declarations to be made. AWG also chairs the Advisory Board to the IRMA (International Registry of Mobile Assets) established under the Cape Town Convention.
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International Registry of Mobile Assets (IRMA)
The International Registry of Mobile Assets defines the priority of interests on airframes, aircraft engines and helicopters. The IRMA permits individuals and organisations to register financial interest in assets using the MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number). Its role is to electronically record international interests in aircraft objects, thereby establishing priority of interests.
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Aviareto
Aviareto, a joint venture between SITA SC and the Irish Government, has a contract with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) to establish and operate the IRMA as required by the Cape Town Treaty. As part of the implementation process for the Cape Town Treaty, the Secretary General of ICAO issued a global tender in January 2004 for an organisation to establish, and act as Registrar for, the IRMA. Aviareto, based in Dublin, was selected for the undertaking. Aviareto is performing these functions on a not for profit, cost recovery basis, as required by the Cape Town Convention.
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