Structure and Board of Governors

Structure of the Foundation

The Foundation is headed by a President appointed by the Board of Governors, all of whom are distinguished jurists. The constitution of the Foundation is governed by its Statute. The President is assisted by an Administrator in the conduct of daily business. The members of the Board and the Administrator act on a pro bono basis.

The Board of Governors

President of the Uniform Law Foundation

Professor Jeffrey Wool Head of Aerospace Law & Policy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London, currently on secondment to the Aviation Working Group (AWG), London.

  • Condon Falknor Professor of Transnational Commercial Law at the University of Washington
  • Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
  • Secretary General of the AWG, represents the AWG in various international fora
  • Practises in the area of international commercial transactions and international law reform
  • Involved in all aspects of the development and advancement of the Cape Town Convention / Aircraft Protocol
  • Executive Director of the Cape Town Convention Academic project, a joint undertaking between University of Oxford and the University of Washington
  • Special advisor to Unidroit on international equipment financing

Vice-President of the Uniform Law Foundation

Professor Don Wallace, Jr. Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School.

  • Regional Legal Advisor for the Middle East and Deputy Assistant General Counsel to AID in the Department of State (1962-66)
  • Founding board member of the International Development Law Organization in Rome
  • Head of the International Law Institute since 1970.
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee on World Trade and Technology to the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress (1976-79)
  • Currently a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law,
  • U.S. Delegate to UNCITRAL, and a correspondent of UNIDROIT.

Secretary of the Uniform Law Foundation

Professor Kurt Siehr Independent Research Scholar, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and Private International Law

  • Professor of Law (private law, private international law, comparative law), University of Zürich (Switzerland) since 1991 as full professor of law (with tenure) and Emeritus Professor since 2002.
  • Professor Siehr has taught also at the University of Geneva (1985-1986), at the Universities of Southampton, Rome and Tel Aviv, at the Asser Institute Den Haag, and at the Dubrovnik Center.
  • Correspondent Unidroit, Rome.
  • He has also participated extensively in the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law as the Representative of Germany.

Treasurer of the Uniform Law Foundation

Prof. Dr. Anna Veneziano, Secretary-General, UNIDROIT

  • Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Teramo, Italy
  • Professor of European Property Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
  • PhD degree in Comparative Law at the University of Florence, Italy
  • LL.M. degree at the Yale Law School, CT, United States, funded by a Fulbright scholarship (1992-93)

Other Members of the Board

Dr. Georges Affaki, Avocat, Partner at AFFAKI AVOCATS.

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
  • Chairman of the Banking Commission of ICC France and Chairman of the ICC Legal Committee.
  • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Term starting July 1, 2017).
  • Associate Professor of law at the University of Paris II and visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and University Paris-Dauphine.
  • ICC delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group VI.
  • Member of the Council of the Institute of World Business Law.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law.

Mr Claude Brandes Vice President Customer Finance for Far East, China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America with Airbus

  • Mr Brandes joined Airbus 18 years ago and since then has been involved in many aircraft financing transactions around the world, namely in Latin America and Asia. He has also been responsible for relations with the Governments providing Export credit to Airbus customers.
  • Co-Chairman of the Aviation Working Group set up in 1995 (the AWG is a not-for profit organization of thirty Companies involving all the major airframe and engine manufacturers, the main leasing Companies and a number of financial institutions) in order to promote the adoption of what it now known as the Cape Town Convention.

Mr. Alban Caillemer du Ferrage Partner, Jones Day, France

  • University of Paris I (DEA [postgraduate degree] in Business and Private Law)
  • Associate professor at the University of Paris II
  • Specialised in derivatives-based structured finance, market infrastructures, banking and finance, and capital markets
  • French counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
  • Member of the Banking Law Committee of the IBA and Liaison Officer of Unidroit
  • Member of The Hague P.R.I.M.E. Finance’s panel of arbitrators and international market experts
  • Member of the “Markets and Exchanges” Consultative Commission of the French Monetary and Financial Authority (AMF)

Mr. Antonio De Palmas President of Boeing Italy and Managing Director Boeing Southern Europe

  • Former President EU and NATO Relations, Vice-President Boeing International
  • Former Director of Communications Southern Europe at Boeing International
  • Former Business Development Director at Cisco Systems
  • Former EU and Government Affairs Director at Oracle
  • Mr De Palmas holds a law degree from the University of Cagliari, a Degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and also a degree in International Policy Analysis and European Integration from Trinity College Dublin

Professor Alberto Mazzoni

    • President of Unidroit
    • Professor of International Trade Law and Transnational Commercial Law at the Catholic University of Milan
    • Senior Partner Mazzoni & Associati, Milan and Rome
    • Chairman of the Comitato dei Probiviri (Pre-Arbitral Committee) of the Milan Stock Exchange
    • Head of the Italian Delegation at UNCITRAL Working Groups on Arbitration and Insolvency
    • Master of Comparative Law, University of Chicago
    • Research Fellow, University of Michigan
    • J.D. Pisa University summa cum laude

Mr Marcello Gioscia Senior Partner, Studio Legale Ughi & Nunziante, admitted to the Court of Cassation, Italy

  • LLM from Columbia University Law School.
  • Specialised in Banking and Finance and Corporate Law.
  • Former Co-Chairman of the Banking Committee of the IBA
  • Member of the Panel of the American Arbitration Association, of the Advisory Board of the Secured Transactions Project of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and a Member of the Council of the AEDBF

Professor Arthur Hartkamp Professor of Law, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

  • Honorary Doctorate from the Demokritos University of Thrace (Greece) (1998).
  • Former Procureur Général at the Supreme Court of The Netherlands
  • Former Professor at the Universities of Amsterdam, Leyden and Utrecht
  • Former member of the Civil Code Revision Office of the Ministry of Justice,
  • Former Advocate-General at the Supreme Court of The Netherlands.
  • Netherlands Delegate to UN-Commission on International Trade Law and to several Working Groups of the Commission and Head of Netherlands Delegation to Diplomatic Conference UN-Convention on International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980).
  • Member of the Governing Council of Unidroit since 1984,
  • Member of the Unidroit Working Group on the preparation of Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Chairman, Unidroit Study
  • Chair, Study Group on International Franchising (1999)
  • Member of the Commission on European Contract Law and a member of the Study Group for a European Civil Code (Steering Committee and Coordinating Group).
  • Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1985).