The Commission in charge – in accordance with art. 5 of the Notice for the collection of expression of willingness to hold the office of President of Unidroit published on 8th January – having concluded the work of examining the expression of willingness to hold the office of President of UNIDROIT, today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, appointed Professor Maria Chiara Malaguti to President of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law – UNIDROIT.
Born in Bologna in 1964, Professor Malaguti is Full Professor of International Law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and President of the Working Group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – UNCITRAL – on Small and Medium Enterprises. Founded in 1926 as an auxiliary body of the League of Nations and subsequently reconstituted in 1940, UNIDROIT is a prestigious independent intergovernmental organisation that pursues the harmonisation and unification of private international law, particularly commercial law.
The Institute's action is mainly carried out through the elaboration of international conventions, models, guidelines or general principles. Pursuant to the Statute, the President of UNIDROIT is appointed by the Italian Government. UNIDROIT currently has 63 Member States and is based in Rome, Via Panisperna, in the buildings of Villa Aldobrandini.