CAPE TOWN CONVENTION ACADEMIC PROJECT - Key Persons
Professor Ignacio Tirado, PhD (Bologna), PhD (Madrid), LLM (London) is the Secretary-General of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). He teaches Commercial, Corporate, and Insolvency Law at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).
Previously, he has been Senior Legal Consultant at the World Bank's Financial Sector Practice. A qualified lawyer, Ignacio was Of Counsel of the Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice of Hogan Lovells, LLP (Madrid Office, then Lovells LLP), until he joined the World Bank. Ignacio is a member of the Executive and a Director of the International Insolvency Institute, where he is also Co-Chair of the Academic Committee. He is the Vice-Chair of the pan-European think-tank Conference of European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL).
Ignacio has represented the World Bank in UNCITRAL´s Working Group V (insolvency) and Spain and the III in Working Group VI (secured transactions). Lead Researcher at the UAM in a European Commission´s DG Justice Project on out of court workouts, Professor Tirado is a founding member of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute and an International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
- Secretary - General of the Aviation Working Group
- Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College
Jeffrey Wool is the Secretary-general of the Aviation Working Group, a not-for-profit international industry group that works on the development of policies, regulations and rules designed to facilitate advanced international aviation financing and leasing. Jeffrey acts in that capacity on secondment from Holland & Knight, a leading international law firm. Jeffrey coordinates all AWG activity and has since its inception in 1994.
Jeffrey is also a senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and an affiliate member of the law faculty, University of Oxford. Jeffrey was the second instructor (following, and then jointly with, prof. Roy Goode) of the now globally-instructed course, transnational commercial law. He then led the initial development of its course materials and was key to its advancement. He is a senior advisor to UNIDROIT and president of the UNIDROIT Foundation. He was professor of global business law at the University of Washington School of Law from 2011-2019, where he was the founding co-director of its global business law institute and developed a new course on international business compliance.
On behalf of AWG, Jeffrey has been a central actor in the development, negotiation, and national ratification and implementation of the Cape Town Convention (CTC). He chaired the group that prepared the initial draft of the Aircraft Protocol, chairs the International Advisory Board for the CTC's International Registry, and is the director of the Cambridge - UNIDROIT CTC academic project. He leads global projects promoting and assessing ratification of, and compliance with, CTC. He is responsible for AWG CTC compliance index (CTC compliance index). See https://ctc-compliance-index.awg.aero/
Jeffrey is currently coordinating the development by AWG of the Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS), a fully electronic platform for the transfer of aircraft subject to leases. See www.e-gats.aero
Jeffrey is also coordinating AWG's assessment of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) geared to the context of aviation financing and leasing.
Jeffrey is the AWG point on its activities relating to COVID-19.
Professor Louise Gullifer QC (hon) FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She was formerly Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and held a Fellowship at Harris Manchester College isince 2000. She is an associate member of 3VB, where she practiced for a number of years, and a Bencher of Gray's Inn.
She teaches and writes extensively in all areas of commercial and financial law, especially secured transactions and financial collateral, intermediated securities, set-off and personal property. She is the editor of Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security and has co-authored a number of books on commercial law and debt financing, including The Law of Security and Title Financing, The Law of Personal Property, Corporate Finance Law: Principles and Policy and Set-Off in Arbitration and Commercial Transactions. Her most recent co-edited volume is Intermediation and Beyond (2019), which considers the advantages and disadvantages of the holding of securities through the intermediated system, and the way forward. She is currently co-director of a project on digital assets, and is writing and editing a series of books on secured transactions law and reform around the world, of which the volume on Africa was published in 2019. She has acted as an expert witness in cases concerning set-off, intermediated securities and insolvency law.
Louise holds one of the temporary chairs of the Business and Law Research Centre, International Commercial Law, at Radboud University, Nijmegen. She has been the Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore and held a Chair of Excellence at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid. She has also been a visiting professor in Paris, Leiden, City University, Hong Kong, and Columbia Law School.
She was the founding director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College and executive director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project, as well as the Cambridge academic lead of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project. She was the UK delegate to both UNCITRAL (working group VI) during its work on secured transactions, and was one of the UK delegates to the UNIDROIT Diplomatic Conferences on the Pretoria Protocol to the Cape Town Convention. She is on several editorial boards, including that of the Asia Pacific Law Review. She is co-chair of the Academic Committee of the International Insolvency Institute, a P.R.I.M.E finance expert and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law.
- Chairman of Regulis
- Managing Director of Aviareto Limited
Rob Cowan is the Managing Director of Aviareto Limited, which operates the International Registry (IR) of Mobile Assets (Aviation) under the Cape Town Convention. The IR is an on-line business serving the global aviation finance industry from Dublin, Ireland. The role includes managing a highly secure, cryptographically enabled registry system with systematic importance to the Global Aviation Finance industry and which is regulated by a UN body (ICAO). Stakeholders range from small to the very large including, corporates, aviation lawyers, airlines, aircraft leasing firms, aircraft manufacturers, banks and other finance institutions, governments and their agencies as well as several international organisations. Rob has developed a team with a mix of online, cybersecurity, finance, aviation, compliance and diplomacy skills.
For thirty years, Rob held senior positions in Telecommunications, Technology and Cybersecurity. He has worked with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) focusing on network security and development. Prior to his time at the IAA, Rob was the Senior Manager of Network Operations at TyCom during the start-up phase, managing an international undersea cable network linking the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Rob had previously spent eleven years working for Galileo Ireland a leading provider of travel reservation systems and international data networking solutions as both General Manager of Business Development and General Manager of the Technical Department.
Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 1989, has several post-graduate Telecommunications qualifications and an MBA from Dublin City University in 2009 where his focus was on strategy.
Rob is also the Chairman of Regulis, a Luxembourg company established to operate the Rail Registry, under the Cape Town Convention.
Outside of work, Rob has a keen interest in Table Tennis and is a Board member of Table Tennis Ireland.
- Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge
Sir Royston Miles "Roy" Goode CBE QC FBA (born 6 April 1933) is an academic commercial lawyer in the United Kingdom. He founded the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He was awarded the OBE in 1972 followed by the CBE in 1994 before being knighted for services to academic law in 2000.
He is a former fellow and now emeritus fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He was formerly the Norton Rose Professor of English law at Oxford University, and is now an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University. He was made an honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1988. In addition to higher doctorates from the universities of London and Oxford he holds honorary doctorates from the universities of London and East Anglia and what is now the University of Law.
Sir Roy spent 17 years in private practice as a solicitor before turning to academia. He transferred to the Bar in 1988, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1990. He was educated at Highgate School in North London, and obtained his law degree by external study through the University of London External Programme.
In the foreword to a book writing in honour of Goode upon his retirement the story is recounted that he decided to write a legal textbook on hire-purchase law and practice a relatively youthful age to fill in time during the evening. He picked his subject by reading through a legal catalogue of subjects in alphabetical order until he came to a subject upon which no book had been published in the last 20 years - hire purchase. Although Goode professed that he knew nothing about hire purchase law, he duly researched and wrote the book, which became the leading text in the field, thereby launching a career of distinguished academic writing, which included ground-breaking texts on commercial law, secured transactions and corporate insolvency as well as all the Official Commentaries on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols.
Sir Roy was also a member of the Crowther Committee on Consumer Credit, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the DTI Advisory Committee on Arbitration. He chaired the Pension Law Review Committee, which was set up following the Maxwell scandal, and which led to a report on Pension Law Reform and the Pensions Act 1995. He was previously chairman of the executive committee of JUSTICE, the all-party human rights and law reform organisation, and a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT. He is also known for his writings on documentary letters of credit and demand guarantees; he has called these financial instruments "abstract payment undertakings". This term, as most academic writers would agree, is Roy Goode's.