Instruments by Conference


CIDIP-VII was convened by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States through resolutions [AG/RES 1923 (XXXIII-0/03)] and [AG/RES 2033 (XXXIV-0/04)] pursuant to which the Permanent Council was instructed to conduct consultations with the Member States concerning possible agenda topics. To comply with this mandate, the Permanent Council’s Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs requested that Member States present proposals for the agenda. Although Member States proposed a total of eight topics, it was ultimately agreed that CIDIP-VII should focus on a maximum of two. The General Assembly, through resolution [AG/RES 2065 (XXXV-0/05], formally approved the agenda for CIDIP-VII, as follows: (topic one) Consumer Protection, Including Applicable Law, Jurisdiction, and Monetary Redress (Conventions and Model Laws); and (topic two) Secured Transactions, Electronic Registry Implementation of the Model Inter-American Law on Secured Transactions and instructed the Permanent Council to establish a methodology for the necessary preparatory work. Member States designated Official Governmental Experts to participate in the preparatory work for these topics. In addition, the General Assembly also requested the Inter-American Juridical Committee to contribute to the preparatory work for CIDIP-VII and requested the Secretariat to explore means of collaboration with international organizations with expertise on these topics, including the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others.

CIDIP-VII, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2009, adopted the following international instrument: