The International Union of Notaries (UINL)

The International Union of Notaries (UINL)

The International Union of Notaries is a non-governmental organisation established to promote, co-ordinate and develop the duties and activities of Notaries throughout the world and ensure the standing and independence necessary for optimum service to individuals and society through close collaboration between Chambers of Notaries.

The foundation of the Union 
The International Union of Notaries was founded in 1948 in Buenos Aires by the representatives of the Chambers of Notaries of the following nineteen countries: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and Uruguay. The original statutes, approved in the form of a “Charter” in October 1948 were officially adopted by the Congress held in Madrid on 21st October 1950. 
The aims of the Union are :
- The promotion and application of the fundamental principles of the Latin-type notarial system, and principles of notarial ethics, as approved by the General Meeting of Member Chambers of Notaries; 

- Representation of Chambers of Notaries before international organisations;

- Collaboration with and participation in activities of international organisations; 

- Collaboration with national organizations, more particularly with notarial organizations;

- The study of law in the field of notarial practice and collaboration in matters relating to its development, in accordance with the fundamental principles of Latin-type Notaries; 

- The study and systematic compilation of legislation relating to Notaries;

- The promotion of international congresses and support for professional meetings which go beyond purely national interests;

- Included amongst the objectives of the Union is the establishment of relationships with:

* developing Chambers of Notaries and with Notaries in countries which have no notarial organisation to assist their development and organisation with a view to their joining the Union;
* notarial organisations within legal systems which are eligible to join the notarial system;
* organisations which are not part of the notarial system in order to collaborate with them in areas of common interest.

Contributing to the development of law in StatesThrough its innumerable activities, the Union has earned itself the reputation of privileged interlocutor of Governments and International Organisations for matters relating to notaries.
To this regard, by drawing inspiration from its Fundamental Principles, the Union draws up and submits concrete proposals to national Chambers of Notaries, national legislators and international and supranational organisations.

The Union is present in:

- international organisations, such as the U.N., the Economic and Social Council of which has conferred to UINL the “special” category consultative status. This status, defined under article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations and by resolution 1996/31, allows UINL to contribute to the working programmes and objectives of the United Nations, by acting as a technical expert, adviser and consultant to governments, to the Secretariat General, the High Commission for Human Rights and within its specialised agencies. As far as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is concerned, the Union follows its activities to the extent to which it is affected by them; 

- international intergovernmental organisations, such as the Council of Europe, the International Institute for the unification of private law (UNIDROIT) and The Hague Conference on private international law;

- in supranational and regional organisations, such as 
* the European Union (EU) and its bodies, such as the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Communities;
* the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Mercado Común del Sur (MERCOSUR), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Andine Community, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 

- in various international non-governmental organisations, such as the International Union of Lawyers (Union internationale des avocats UIA), the International Union of Judges (UIM), the International Law Association (ILA), the International Bar Association (IBA).

The Union is formed by the Chambers of Notaries of the following countries:

Europe (35) 
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium (FR) / (NL), Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Italia, Latvia, Lithuania, London (UK), Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Moldava, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican. 

America (23) 
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Louisiana (USA) and Venezuela.

Africa(16)Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Togo. 

Asia (3) 
China (People's Republic), Indonesia, Japan. 

The members of the Union are represented by respective National Councils or by similar national organisations and by notarial districts and institutions of a regional or provincial nature. Each country has one vote. 
The International Union of Notaries has privileged relations with professional jurists who fulfil “notarial” duties in various countries or federated States, or with the bodies that represent them and some of them have asked to join the Union: 
The Notaries Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland, the Law Society of Ireland, the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland, Australia, Mauritius Islands, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Ukraine, Alabama, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, British Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Serbia, the Seychelles, South Korea, Texas, Tunisia and Vietnam.

Fonte: Sito dell'Unione internazionale Notariati Latini


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