Global Challenges of International Sales Law
Nov. 11-12, 2011
Hilton University of Florida
The University of Florida Center for International Business Education & Research and the Warrington College of Business Administration will host a Conference on the Impact, Problems, and Issues relating to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Additional sponsors include the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), University of Florida Center for European Studies and the Institute for International Commercial Law (Pace University). The conference will bring together 35 or so scholars, practitioners, and representatives of international organizations from 20 or so countries to present papers in their areas of specialized expertise. This conference will provide information on multiple levels—understanding the rules of the CISG, the application of the CISG by signatory countries, theoretical insights, and its use by international transactional attorneys. It will also include a presentation by Luca Castellani, legal officer in the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, on the substance and status of complimentary conventions. This conference will ask many questions, including the following:
- How has the CISG evolved? Why it is important?
- What are the best sources for CISG law? How does one conduct research in international sales law?
- How is the CISG different from the Uniform Commercial Code, English Sale of Goods Act, and other national laws?
- How have substantive provisions of the CISG been interpreted and applied by national court systems and arbitral panels?
- What are the problems of uniform law?
- Can the differences between the common law and civil law be overcome in the application of the CISG?
- Why should legal practitioners embrace or partially embrace the CISG in serving their clients?
- Is avoidance of the CISG a ground for a claim of malpractice?
- How should one negotiate and draft an international sales contract?
Keynote Speakers: Honoring Three Great Scholars
Professor Harry Flechtner on John Honnold
Professor Ulrich Magnus on Peter Schlechtriem
Camilla Baasch Andersen on Albert Kritzer
Yehuda Adar (Israel), Camilla Baasch Anderson (United Kingdom), Luca Castellani (UNCITRAL), Martin Davies (USA, Tulane), Larry DiMatteo (USA, Florida), Milena Djordjevic (Serbia), Sieg Eiselen (South Africa), Hossam A. El-Saghir (Egypt), Robert Emerson (USA, Florida), Wolfgang Faber (Austria), Edoardo Ferrante (Italy), Franco Ferrari (USA, NYU), Harry M. Flechtner (USA, Pittsburgh), Morton Midtgaard Fogt (Denmark), Claire Germain (USA, Florida), Leonardo Graffi (Italy), Helena Haapio (Finland), André Janssen (Germany), Sörren Kiene (Germany), Stefan Kröll (Germany), Wei Li (People’s Republic of China), Corinne Widmer Lüchinger (Switzerland), Ulrich Magnus (Germany), Virginia Maurer (USA, Florida), Francesco G. Mazzotta (USA/Italy), Olaf Meyer (Germany), Alastair Mullis (United Kingdom), Marie Stefanini Newman (USA, Pace), Vladimir Pavic (Serbia), Sylvaine Poillot-Peruzzetto (France); Burghard Piltz (Germany), Jan Ramberg (Sweden), Keith Rowley (USA, UNLV), Ulrich Schroeter (Germany), Jan Smits (The Netherlands), Lisa Spagnolo (Australia), Aneta Spaic (Montenegro), Marco Torsello (Italy), Anna Veneziano (Italy), Bruno Zeller (Australia), and Qi Zhou (United Kingdom).
Institute for International Commercial Law