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4 Unif. L. Rev. n.s. 335 (1999)
Relationship between the Prospective UNIDROIT International Registry, Revised Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 and National Civil Aviation Registries

handle is hein.journals/droit1999 and id is 339 raw text is: Relationship between the prospective UNIDROIT
International Registry, Revised Uniform Commercial
Code Article 9 'and national civil aviation registries
Charles W. Mooney, Jr. *
I. -  INTRODUCTION
From the very beginning, the UNIDROIT project on international secured financing of
mobile equipment spawned a wide variety of perceptions (and misperceptions) about the
nature and role of a system of registration of international interests.1 As the project
moves from the First Joint Session of governmental experts to the Second Joint Session
on the Base Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, 2 it is clear that an early resolution of
*    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School,
Philadelphia (United States of America); Correspondent of UNIDROIT.
The author served as Co-Reporter, together with Professor Steven L. HARRIS, for the Drafting
Committee to Revise Uniform Commercial Code ('UCC) Article 9. The views expressed in this paper are not
necessarily those of the Drafting Committee or its sponsors, the American Law Institute and the National
Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The author also served as a member of the UNIDROIT
study group (1993-98) and now serves on the United States delegation for the UNIDROIT Convention on
International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The views expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of the
United States government or of other members of the United States delegation.
1    For general background and overview, see Ronald C.C. CUMING, The Draft UNIDROIT
Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, 30 UCC Law Journal 365 (1998); Roy GOODE,
Transcending the Boundaries of Earth and Space: The Preliminary Draft UNIDROIT Convention on International
Interests in Mobile Equipment', Uniform Law Review 1998, 52; Jeffrey WOOL, The Next Generation of
International Aviation Finance Law: An Overview of the Proposed UNIDROIT Convention on International
Interests in Mobile Equipment as Applied to Aircraft Equipment, 23 Air and Space Law 243 (1998); among the
other contributions reproduced in this issue of the Uniform Law Review, see Roy GOODE, The preliminary draft
UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment: the next stage; Ronald C.C. CUMING,
Considerations in the design of an International Registry for interests in mobile equipment; Stephen J.
McGAIRL, The proposed UNIDROIT Convention: international law for asset finance (aircraft); Jeffrey WOOL,
The case for a commercial orientation to the proposed UNIDROIT Convention as applied to aircraft equipment.
2    After several meetings of the UNIDROIT study group and a subcommittee of the study group from
1993 to 1997, the first meeting of governmental experts was held in Rome in February 1999. It was a joint
meeting of the UNIDROIT committee of governmental experts and a Subcommittee of the ICAO Legal
Committee. The joint session undertook its first reading of the preliminary draft UNIDROIT Convention on
International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Study LXXII - Doc. 42)/preliminary draft [UNIDROIT] Convention
on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (ICAO Ref. LSC/ME-WP/3)'and the preliminary draft Protocol
to the preliminary draft UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on matters
specific to Aircraft Equipment (Study LXXIID - Doc. 3)/preliminary draft [UNIDROIT] Convention on
International Interests in Mobile Equipment on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment (ICAO Ref. LSC/ME-
WP/4). The deliberations of the joint session and the work of the drafting committee elected by the joint
session produced revisions of each document. Report of the Drafting Committee, UNIDROIT
CGE/Int.Int./WP/16, ICAO Ref. LSC/ME-WP/27 (12 Feb. 1999), Appendix I (Text of the preliminary draft
UNIDROIT Convention in International Interests in Mobile Equipment as reviewed by the drafting committee
Rev. dr. unif. 1999-2                                                              335

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