Sydney—Dentons in Australia are delighted to announce that Sydney based Partner (Professor) Donald Robertson has been appointed by the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) to be Correspondent for Australia within the Pacific region.
Donald’s appointment is in the two key commercial areas of International Commercial Contract Law and Transnational Civil Procedure and follows nomination by the Australian Government. This is a rare honour which recognises Donald for his expertise in both fields.
Originally formed as an organization of the League of Nations, UNIDROIT is now an intergovernmental organization responsible for a large number of international agreements and conventions in the commercial area. UNIDROIT’s objective is to harmonize international private law across countries through uniform rules, and the production of model laws, sets of principles, guides and guidelines.
One of the key documents are the Principles of International Commercial Contracts, with the 1st edition in 1994 and now in its 4th edition in 2016. The work on international contract law continues with projects underway in areas such as transnational investment law.
Commenting on the appointment, Dentons Australia Chair and Australasia Region CEO Doug Stipanicev said “We could not be more delighted to congratulate Donald on this unique and prestigious position within UNIDROIT, which reflects Donald as a leader in his field.”
Donald’s appointment has now commenced for a period of 3 years (June 2022 to May 2025).