22 October 2010. ESPI has been invited to provide independent expertise at the UNIDROIT informal consultation meeting on Third Party Liability for GNSS Services by presenting ESPI’s work on the topic.

On 22 October 2010 the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) celebrated an informal consultative meeting on Third Party Liability for GNSS in the context of its initiative to take on this topic. UNIDROIT is foreseeing to conduct work on the topic and organised the meeting with the twofold aim of presenting the project to the national delegations and gathering advice from independent experts on whether and how the topic should be approached by UNIDROIT. ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi was invited as independent expert to present the work ESPI had already carried out regarding GNSS Third Party Liability issues (related webnews here).

Throughout the day the meeting, chaired by UNIDROIT Secretary General Jose Angelo Estrella Faria, combined presentations and open discussions on an informal basis. The morning session started with the presentation of the UNIDROIT project on GNSS Third Party Liability by Alessandra Zanobetti, Deputy Secretary General of UNIDROIT. The session continued with presentations on the feasibility of the potential adoption of an international convention on TPL GNSS by the presentation of the research carried out by Sergio Maria Carbone (University of Genoa) and Hans-Georg Bollweg (University of Bielefeld) and the posterior presentation by the European Commission and open discussion on liability issues related to Galileo. The morning session finished with the presentations by ESPI and Finmeccanica on the work carried out respectively by each of them. ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi  presented ESPI’s work which was highly appreciated by the attendants for its comprehensive and clear exposition of the main legal issues to be tackled in the field of  GNSS Third Party Liability.

ESPI’s  Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi with UNIDROIT Secretary General J.A. Estrella Faria after presentation

- ESPI Report 19: Aspects of Third Party Liability in Satellite Navigation
- Presentation by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi: "Policy Aspects of Third Party Liability in Satellite Navigation. Preparing a Roadmap for Europe"

Related webnews
- 15 May 2009: ESPI holds Workshop on policy aspects of Third Party Liability in satellite navigation














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