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(presented by Drs. Carlos Manuel Vázquez and João Grandino Rodas)

At the 31st Regular Session of the General Assembly held in Costa Rica in June 2001, the General Assembly requested the Inter-American Juridical Committee “to initiate studies for the design of the agenda and topics of the next Inter-American Specialized Conferences on Private International Law (CIDIP) in order to promote the development of private international law in the inter-American system and to present its proposal during the next Specialized Conference (CIDIP-VI) to be held in Guatemala City in November 2001.” (The venue and dates of CIDIP VI have since been changed. It will be held in Washington, D.C. in February of 2002.)

To that end, the Committee, with the assistance of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs (SLA), drafted and distributed a questionnaire soliciting the views of broad spectrum of parties interested in the CIDIP process, including Member States, academics, members of the private bar, and officials of other organizations specializing in private international law. The questionnaire posed questions of both a specific and a general nature. The specific questions related to the topics that should be addressed in CIDIP and the process for both choosing topics and for working on the topics after they have been selected. The general questions sought the respondents’ views concerning the approach to private international law harmonization and/or codification best suited to the American region in the 21st century. The questionnaire was sent to a large number of recipients in Member states, with a request that it be forwarded to other parties who might be interested.

The Committee requested responses by the end of July 2001. Despite the short period of time given to the recipients – a little more than a month – a large volume of responses was received. The responses are attached hereto as Appendix I. 

This Report describes some of the general themes that emerge from the questionnaire responses as well as some of the specific suggestions found in those responses. We also offer some thoughts regarding the topics suggested most often by the respondents as possible subjects of CIDIP VII.

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