The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Its Implementation in the Netherlands and on the Dutch Caribbean Islands

Sjef van Erp


Already in 2004 I expressed the idea that the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (“Cape Town Convention”) with its first-in-time and object- based computerised notice filing system could be a workable model for a registration system of security interests in Europe and even be a model for a European mortgage registration system regarding immovable property.[1] This was at a moment when it was not clear yet whether this convention would be as global in its success as the drafters had hoped for. In the meantime that hope has become true and it was therefore an excellent choice of the International Academy of Comparative Law to devote one of its sessions to this topic during its XIXth International Congress of Comparative Law in Vienna.

  • [1] For the text of the Cape Town Convention see: Cf. S. van Erp, The Cape Town Convention: a Model for a EuropeanSystem of Security Interests Registration?, European Review of Private Law 2004, p. 91ff. Seealso my earlier contribution on registration principles: S. van Erp, A comparative analysis of mortgage law: Searching for principles, in: M.E. Sanchez Jordan and A. Gambaro, Land Law inComparative Perspective (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2002), p. 69ff. S. van Erp (*) Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlandse-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it © Springer International Publishing AG 2017 143 S. Kozuka (ed.), Implementing the Cape Town Convention and the DomesticLaws on Secured Transactions, Ius Comparatum - Global Studies inComparative Law 22, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-46470-1_7
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