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Setting a new standard for the harmonization of secured transactions law: the new Belgian Pledge Registry
Uniform Law Review  (IF),  Pub Date : 2019-08-01, DOI: 10.1093/ulr/unz031
Joke Rachel Baeck, Lize Heytens

At present, the notice filing system under Article 9 of the United States Uniform Commercial Code is seen as the most influential model worldwide for a registry of security rights in movables. However, the US system, established in 1952 and currently still in transition towards electronic filing, does not meet state-of-the-art technology standards. By contrast, the Belgian Pledge Registry, operational since 1 January 2018, is a fully automated electronic registry system that benefits from the advantages of modern technology. The question therefore arises whether the Belgian Pledge Registry has the potential to become a new additional leading model for registration of security interests in movables. To answer this question, we will test the extent to which the Belgian Pledge Registry meets the current international standards for a modern and efficient registry of security rights in movables, as set out in United Nations Commission on International Trade Law instruments and the European Draft Common Frame of Reference.