3 Cape Town Convention J. 1 (2014)

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Jeffrey Wool
University of Washington - General Editor
Rafal Zakrzewski
University of Cambridge - Editor

The mandate of the Cape Town Convention
Journal (the Journal'), part of the Cape Town
Convention Academic Project (the 'Project'),
a joint undertaking between the University of
Oxford Faculty of Law and the University of
Washington School of Law, is to focus on in-
depth, qualitative analysis of important, difficult or
complex topics under the Convention and its
various Protocols. This third issue, addressing
such topics, will be posted on the Project's
website (wwwctcap.org) which was launched
this year. The press release regarding that
ground-breaking launch is annexed to this
editorial.
Much has happened in the Cape Town
Convention system over the last year, and the
articles in this third issue address many of these
developments. First, there has been material
activity regarding the remedy of deregistration
and export, which in practical terms signals
the efficacy of the aircraft Protocol. Dean
Gerber,Vedder Price, and David Walton, BOC
Aviation, have written an article that examines
the history, intent, and application of these key
remedies. Secondly, the first instances of treaty
compliance by contracting states have arisen.
Professor Jeffrey Wool, the Universities of
Washington and Oxford, provides a conceptual
framework for understanding and assessing
compliance issues. Thirdly, more European
states havejoined the treaty system. That makes
the relationship between certain EU laws and
the treaty a pressing item. Alan McCarthy and
Marie O'Brien, both ofA&L Goodbody, write
on the key point of intersection.

This issue    continues  the   practice  of
addressing the core concepts in all Protocols
and what the treaty can teach or mean in the
broader context of transnational commercial
law. In the former category, there are articles on
the space protocol in light of the development
of international space law, written by Professor
Mark Sundahl, Cleveland State University,
and on the relationship between the treaty's
rail registry and national rail registry systems,
written by Peter Bloch, US Department of
Transportation, and Martin Fleetwood, Bevan
Brittan. In the latter category, three leading law
librarians, Ruth Bird, University of Oxford,
and Professor Penny Hazelton and Kyle Brown,
the University ofWashington, have written on
the meaning and implications of the Project's
database for international legal research and
scholarship. They have done so by looking at
the historical development of legal databases.
As was the case in prior years, the papers
and topics in the Journal were the subject of a
conference held in Oxford under the auspices
of the Project. The format of the conference
is designed to facilitate intensive discussion
and debate, with a presenter (the author of
the paper) and one or more commentators.
Carrying forward this feature to print, the
concept of a short reply paper written by one of
the commentators will be part of this Journal.
Such papers will appear in the issue that
succeeds the relevant conference. Accordingly
this issue contains a reply by Professor Brian
Havel, De Paul University, to an article written
last year by Professor Jeffrey Wool and Andrej

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November 2014

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