International Institute for the Unification of Privat Law UNIDROIT

/ Institut International pour l’Unification du Droit Privé

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PURPOSE: The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) is an independent intergovernmental Organisation with its seat in the Villa Aldobrandini in Rome. 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 … (about /overview 1/2).

Frontpage; Accueil en français; Homepage in english;
Publications; Databases; Institutional Docs; Studies; Library; Instruments; Statutes (21 pdf-pages);
Work in progress; Legal Cooperation and Research Scholarships; Internships, Secondments; Memberships;
Address: UNIDROIT, 28 Via Panisperna, 00184 Rome, Italy;
Contact: Tel. +39 06 696211, Fax +39 06 699 41394, e-mail.

About /overview 2/2: … ORIGINS: Set up in 1926 as an auxiliary organ of the League of Nations, the Institute was, following the demise of the League, re-established in 1940 on the basis of a multilateral agreement, the Unidroit Statute. 

The Unidroit Statute is also available in Arabic . Unidroit expresses its gratitude to Professors Dr Omaia Elwan (Heidelberg/Cairo) and Dr Hossam Loutfi (Cairo) for providing this unofficial translation into Arabic.


Membership of Unidroit is restricted to States acceding to the Unidroit Statute. Unidroit’s 63 member States are drawn from the five continents and represent a variety of different legal, economic and political systems as well as different cultural backgrounds.


The Institute is financed by annual contributions from its member States which are fixed by the General Assembly as well as a basic annual contribution from the Italian Government. Extra-budgetary contributions for purposes identified by the donor may be established (trust funds).


Unidroit has an essentially three-tiered structure, made up of a Secretariat, a Governing Council and a General Assembly … (full long text about).

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