CISG Basel Conference 2015
29 and 30 January 2015, University of Basel, Switzerland
Please find hereafter information about the Conference speakers (in alphabetic order a-m, m-z find here):
Dr. F. Mohs
Florian Mohs is an associate in Pestalozzi's Litigation & Arbitration group in Zurich. His practice focuses on international commercial dispute resolution through  arbitration and litigation with an affinity for international sales in general and the  commodities sector in particular. He has particular experience in complex  construction cases and international insolvency/bankruptcy cases. Florian Mohs is an expert on the United Nations Convention for the International  Sale of Goods (CISG), and he speaks and publishes regularly on litigation,  arbitration, and international sales law topics. Florian Mohs is a lecturer at the  University of Basel where he teaches private law. In 2008/09, he was seconded to  
an international commodities trader. Florian Mohs was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2008. Before becoming a  practitioner, he worked as a research and teaching assistant to Professor Dr. I. Schwenzer, LL.M. at the  University of Basel. Florian Mohs is trained in both civil and common law jurisdictions and holds law degrees  from Switzerland (Dr. iur., University of Basel, 2005), New Zealand (LL.M., Victoria University of Wellington,  2006), and Germany (First State Exam, Baden-Württemberg, 2002, concluding his legal studies at the Albert-  Ludwigs-University of Freiburg). 
J. A. Estrella Faria
José Angelo Estrella Faria has been the Secretary-General of the International  Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) since 1 October 2008.  At  the time of his appointment by the UNIDROIT Governing Council, he was a Senior  Legal Officer with the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on  International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), in Vienna, where he had worked since  February 1996.   Mr. Faria was the Secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group I (Privately Financed  Infrastructure projects) during the preparation of the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide  
and the UNCITRAL Model Legislative Provisions on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects, adopted in 2001  and 2003, respectively; he was also the Secretary of and UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce)  during the negotiation of the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International  Contracts, adopted in 2005.  As a Senior Legal Officer, between October 2005 and October 2008, he  supervised the secretariat support to UNCITRAL Working Group III (Transport Law) during the final years of  negotiation of  the UN Convention on Contracts for the International carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by  Sea (“Rotterdam Rules”).  Prior to his work with UNCITRAL, Mr. Faria had served at the General Legal Division of the UN Office of Legal  Affairs, in New York, from 1992 to 1996. Before joining the UN, Mr. Faria  had worked as an attorney in  private practice in Brazil specialised in commercial and trade law matters.  Mr. Faria graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and holds a Master  on European Law from the Europa Institut der Universität des Saarlandes (Saarbrücken, Germany).  He has  published various articles and books on legal harmonisation, commercial law and international law. 
Prof. Dr. H. W. Micklitz
Since 2007 Professor for Economic Law at the European University Institute, Jean  Monnet Chair of Private Law and  European Economic Law at the University of  Bamberg, Germany on leave. Head of the Institute of European and Consumer  Law (VIEW) in Bamberg. Studies of law and sociology in Mainz, Lausanne/Geneva  (Switzerland), Giessen and Hamburg. Consultancies for OECD in Paris, UNEP  Geneva Switzerland/Nairobi Kenya and CI (Consumers International) Den Haag  Netherlands/Penang Malaysia. Study visits at the University of Michigan, Ann  Arbor, Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute Florence, Italy,  visiting professor at the Somerville College at the University of Oxford, co- 
founder of the Centre of Excellence at the University of Helsinki. Holder of an ERC Grant 2011-2016 on  European Regulatory Private Law. Consultancies for ministries in Austria, Germany, the UK, the European  Commission, OECD, UNEP, GIZ, non-governmental organisations. Main field of activities: European Law,  European Private and Consumer Law.
Prof. Dr. P. Butler
Petra BUTLER is a German and New Zealand qualified lawyer with a PhD from the  University of Goettingen. She is an Associate Professor at Victoria University of  Wellington, New Zealand and Associate Director of the New Zealand Centre of  Public Law. Her research interests are international commercial law, in particular  the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), comparative law,  and human rights (domestic and international). She has published extensively in  those areas, including together with Andrew BUTLER, The New Zealand Bill of  Rights Act 1990: a commentary (Lexis Nexis, 2006, 2nd ed forthcoming) and  together with the late Professor Peter Schlechtriem, UN Law on International  
Sales (Springer, 2008, 2nd ed forthcoming). She regularly speaks at (international) conferences and advises  the Government and private clients on the issues of her research interests.  Petra is New Zealand’s CLOUT  correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in  International Contracts. She has held visiting appointments at the Chinese University of Political Science and  Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg),  Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), and Northwestern University Law School (Chicago). She also has been  involved in various roles in the Vis Moot for over 10 years. 
Prof. A. Garro
Professor Garro teaches at Columbia University School of Law, where he is also a  Senior Research Scholar at the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law.  A  member of the Columbia Law School Faculty since 1981, Professor Garro has been  teaching in the fields of Comparative Law, International Business Transactions and  Latin American Legal Systems. His principal areas of teaching and research at  present are international commercial contracts and transnational arbitration and  litigation. He regularly gives courses and seminars in Latin America, including the  National University of Buenos Aires, where is Honorary Professor of Law,   
Universidad Iberoamericana and Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico), Universidad de Montevideo (Uruguay),  Universidad Francisco Marroqui (Guatemala), and Universidad de Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Professor Garro  been teaching regularly as a visiting faculty member at the Université Robert Schuman (Strasbourg), Sciences  Po (Paris), and Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz).  Professor Garro is the author or editor of  books on international commercial arbitration, international sales,  and secured transactions, as well as scores of scholarly articles and contributions to edited volumes. He is a  graduate from the National University of La Plata School of Law (Argentina), subsequently graduating with an  LLM from Louisiana State University, and  a doctoral degree in law (JSD) from Columbia University.  He is  admitted to practice in Buenos Aires, Madrid, and New York.   Professor Garro is an expert to the delegation  of the Argentine  Government of Argentina before the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law  (UNCITRAL) and before the OAS Conference on Private International Law (CIDIP). He also represents the  American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP) before the Hague Conference on Private  International Law and the New York City Bar Association before the International Institute for the Unification  of Private Law (UNIDROIT). 
Prof. Dr. S. Eiselen
Sieg Eiselen is professor in Private Law at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.  He lectures in general contract law, unjustified enrichment law, international  trade law and information technology law. He holds a doctorate of law in contract  law from the University of Potchefstroom on the ‘The Control of Standard Terms  of Contract’. He is an NRF rated researcher. He has been a member of the  Johannesburg Bar since 1999 and has a litigation practice in commercial law. He is  co-author with Albert Kritzer of Pace Law School, New York, of the International  Contact Manual Volumes IV and V – Commentary on the CISG; G Pienaar  Unjustified Enrichment 3rd ed; D van der Merwe, A Roos and T Pistorius  
Information Technology Law; Hutchison D & Pretorius CJ (eds) The Law of Contract 2nd ed (2012 OUP) and  Scott J (ed) The Law of Commerce in South Africa 2nd ed (2103 OUP). He has published on general South  African contract law, unjustified enrichment law, international trade law and harmonisation, information  technology law, private international law and consumer credit law. He is the secretary of the CISG Advisory  Council. He was the Rapporteur for CISG AC Opinion No 13 “The inclusion of standard terms under the CISG”.  He is a member of the editorial board for the UNCITRAL CISG Digest. He is a member of the South African  ministerial Electronic Commerce Advisory Council (ECAC) of the Minister of Trade and Industry. He serves as  an adjudicator on the Appeals Board of the Wireless Application Service Providers Association (WASPA).
Prof. Dr. H. Flechtner
HARRY M. FLECHTNER is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of  Law, where he joined the faculty in 1984. He teaches domestic and international  commercial law, and he is a six-time winner of the University of Pittsburgh School  of Law’s Excellence-in-Teaching Award as well as a recipient of the Chancellor’s  Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches abroad frequently,  including as a Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg (Austria) in spring  2012 under a Fulbright Teaching and Research grant. Professor Flechtner has  published extensively on international and domestic commercial law, with  particular emphasis on international sales law; his publications include the 4th  
edition (2009) of John Honnold’s Uniform Law for International Sales under the 1980 United Nations  Convention, which Professor Flechtner edited and updated. He speaks frequently in the United States and  abroad on commercial law topics, and he has been cited by the Solicitor General of the United States as "one  of the leading academic authorities on the [United Nations Sales] Convention.” Professor Flechtner serves as  a National Correspondent for the United States at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law  (UNCITRAL). He was a member of the group of experts who created the UNCITRAL Digest of Case Law on the  United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, and he served as Coordinator for the team of  nine international legal academics that in 2012 produced a ten-year update of the Digest. He is a graduate of  Harvard College; he received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.A. in literature from Harvard  University.
Prof. J. Gotanda
John Gotanda is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova  University School of Law.  He has previously served as Associate Dean for  Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Director of the  J.D./M.B.A. Program.  He has published widely on the subject of damages in  international law, and has been cited by courts, tribunals and commentators,  including most recently by the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has spoken widely on the  subjects of damages and the CISG, including at the Hague Academy of  International Law, Gray’s Inn in London (at the invitation of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law), and the International Chamber of Commerce  in Paris. He also serves as an expert on damages and an arbitrator in international  
investment disputes. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Conventions on Contracts  for the International Sale of Goods, an Associate Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, and the  Co-Editor of The Journal of Damages in International Arbitration. 
Prof. Dr. Y. Atamer
Yeşim M. Atamer studied law at Istanbul University Law Faculty,  where she also obtained her LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees. She currently  works as a professor for civil law and comparative civil law at  Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main areas of research are law of  domestic and international sale of goods, Turkish and EU consumer  law and harmonization of European contract law. As a scholar of the  European Union Jean Monnet program, Alexander von Humboldt  Foundation, Max Planck Society, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law  
and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit), she has conducted research in  Lausanne, Basel, Rome, Munich and Hamburg. In 2007 she was awarded the Distinguished Young Scientist  Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. From 2005 to 2008 Atamer advised the Turkish Ministry of Industry  and Trade in the adaptation of Turkish consumer law to the standards of the European Union. Since 2007, she  has been the vice director of the European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University.
Prof. L. Gama
LAURO GAMA, JR. – Graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)  in 1987 and admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association the following year. He  worked for several years as a lawyer and subsequently as partner of Professor  Sylvio Capanema law firm in Rio. In parallel he pursued an academic career. In  1992, he obtained a Master´s degree in International Relations from PUC-Rio and  in 1999 a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from McGill Institute of Comparative Law  (Canada). In 2004, he completed a Doctorate in International Law at the  University of São Paulo. He is currently Adjunct Professor at PUC-Rio School of  Law, where he teaches Private International Law, Contracts and International  Arbitration. He is the author of books and articles published in specialized  
journals. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Gama served as general counsel at Telesystems International Wireless  (Brazil). In 2003 he co-founded Binenbojm, Gama & Carvalho Britto, a boutique law firm based in Rio de  Janeiro. He participated in the working group on the third edition of the UNIDROIT Principles (2010), and is  currently a member of the working group on the (future) Hague Principles on the Law Applicable to  International Contracts. Mr. Gama is currently President of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr). 
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. M. Jametti
Monique Jametti studied Law at the universities of Berne and Geneva. She made  her bar exam in 1982 and obtained her PhD at the University of Basel in 1997 with  a thesis on the Concept of Decisions in Swiss Private International Civil Law. In her function as Vice-director of the Federal Office of Justice and Head of the Private  Law Division, she deals with many different subjects such as family law, company  law or land registry matters. She has gained broad experience in international  negotiations within the Hague Conference on Private Inter-national Law,  UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), UNI-DROIT  (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) and the Council of  
Europe. From 2001 to 2005 she was the Head of Delegation by the Bilateral II negotiations regarding  Schengen/Dublin. She is also Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Lugano Conven-tion (EU/EFTA-  nationalities) and Deputy Member of the Venice-Commission of the Council of Europe and Member of the  Director's Council of UNIDROIT.
Dr. P. Hachem
Dr. Pascal Hachem is an attorney at law admitted to all Swiss  courts and works at Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer AG in Zurich. He  represents clients in arbitrations and litigations. His practice  covers various industries, inlcuding gas, medical devices,  software and banking, and involves one-off transactions as well  as long term delivery contracts such as distributorship  agreements. In addition, Dr. Hachem conducts internal  investigations on behalf of company boards and supervisory  authorities, in particular in the financial sector, and represents  
clients in front of domestic and foreign authorities. Following his first law degree from the Albert Ludwigs  University of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) in 2006, Dr. Hachem joined the Chair of Private Law of Prof. Dr.  Ingeborg Schwenzer, LL.M. at the University of Basel where in 2009 he obtained his doctorate summa cum  laude with a comparative study on penalty and liquidated damages clauses. Since 2010 Dr. Hachem has also  worked as lecturer, both in Switzerland (University of Basel) and abroad (Tsinghua University School of Law,  Beijing, China; Bilgi University Istanbul, Turkey). Dr Hachem has published contributions to commentaries,  collected works and journals in the fields of sales and contract law, both domestic and international. Notably,  he co-authored the book "Global Sales and Contract Law" together with Prof. Schwenzer and Dr. Christopher  Kee, published in 2012 with Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Hachem gives presentations at  international conferences on the CISG and has served as Rapporteur for the CISG Advisory Council in its  preparations of Opinion 10, addressing penalty and liquidated damages clauses in CISG contracts. 
M. Dennis, Senior Attorney Advisor
Mike Dennis is an attorney with the Office of Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of  State.  He is the Executive Director of the Department of State Advisory  Committee on Private International Law.  He has represented the United States in  international fora on public and private international law matters.  Most recently,  he has served as Representative of the United States at the United Nations  Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) annual sessions and several of  its working groups.  Additionally, he has served as the Representative of the  United States at Hague Conference on Private International Law meetings on  
Prof. Dr. C. Fountoulakis
Professor Christiana Fountoulakis teaches at the University of  Fribourg, Switzerland. She has published books and articles on a wide  range of issues dealing with the Law of International Sales,  Comparative Law, Contracts, and International Commercial  Arbitration. She is coeditor of the Journal of International  Commercial Law (IHR) and of the European Journal of Law Reform  (EJLR). Ms. Fountoulakis also teaches on a regular basis at the  University of Paris XII and the University of Liechtenstein.
Dr. B. Czerwenka
Dr. Czerwenka has been working for more than 25 years in the German Federal Ministry of Justice and  Consumer Protection. As head of the division “Commercial Transactions, Transport Law” she has broad  experience in drafting statutes, amongst which the Bill Authorising the Ratification of the United Nations  Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980, and – recently – the Bill to Reform Maritime  Law, 2013. Furthermore, Dr. Czerwenka has a wealth of experience in negotiations on EU-level and on  international level, amongst others within UNCITRAL, IMO, UNECE, UNCTAD, UNIDROIT and OTIF.  Dr. Czerwenka has published widely in the field of trade law, including transport and maritime law. In  addition, she is co-editor of commentaries on international sales law and on transport law and of the journals  “Transportrecht” (Transport Law) and “Internationales Handelsrecht” (International Commercial Law).  Moreover, Dr. Czerwenka frequently gives lectures, inter alia at Humboldt University, Berlin, and is member of  the board of the German Association for Transport Law.
Prof. Dr. S. Han
Shiyuan Han is a professor of Civil Law in Tsinghua University School of Law  (Beijing) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar visiting Harvard Law  School (from September 2014 to August 2015). He is a member of the CISG  Advisory Council, and an associate member of International Academy of  Comparative Law. He has been a visiting scholar at Max-Planck Institute for  Comparative Private Law (Hamburg, from Oct. 2006 to Sep. 2007, from Jun.  to Sep. 2009), and a HIF Research Fellow at Hosei University (Tokyo, from  Oct. 2000 to Sep. 2001). He has published several books on contract law,  including The Law of Contract (2011, 3rd ed., Law Press, China) which is  now a best seller in China. Professor Han is now arbitrator of both China  International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and  
Beijing Arbitration Commission, and a member of the Advisory Council of Beijing Higher People’s Court. He  obtained his PhD in law (Dr. jur) from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS,  Beijing 1997), and his LLM (1994) and LLB (1991) from Jilin University in China. 
choice of law in international contracts.   He also works with the Department’s Financial Inclusion Working  Group, assisting in implementing legal reforms in the Americas and APEC region. 
Dr. L. Castellani
Luca Castellani is the secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic  Commerce). He is also member of the United Nations Network of Experts for  Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UN NExT) Legal Advisory Group.  After graduating in law in the University of Torino, he received a doctoral degree  in comparative law from the University of Trieste and a master in international  law from New York University. He was admitted to the bar in Italy and held  research lecturing positions in Italy (Università del Piemonte Orientale) and  Eritrea (University of Asmara).  He joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the United Nations in  
New York in 2001, working at its Treaty Section, and moved to its International Trade Law Division  (discharging the functions of UNCITRAL secretariat), based in Vienna, Austria, in 2004. Eventually, he was  tasked with the promotion of the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of  goods and electronic commerce. From March 2012 to November 2013 he was assigned as first Head of the  United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL  RCAP), located in Incheon, Republic of Korea.  He also served as legal advisor to the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia in 2008 and as Programme Officer, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), United Nations  Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2010, dealing with issues relating to the use of electronic means in the  prevention of corruption. He published in the fields of international trade law and comparative law, dealing, in particular, with sale of  goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries. 
Prof. E. Sondahl Levin
Dr. Erika SONDAHL LEVIN is a Senior Associate at Stone & Magnanini LLP, formerly  the New Jersey office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, and focuses her practice  on international alternative dispute resolution, regulatory actions, as well as  complex commercial and cross-border litigation.  Prior to joining Stone &  Magnanini LLP, Ms. LEVIN was an associate with Clifford Chance US LLP in the  international dispute resolution group, where she focused predominantly on  international commercial arbitration matters.  Ms. LEVIN is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Law and teaches
courses in international commercial arbitration and international sales law.  She serves as a faculty advisor  and coach for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team from Rutgers and as an  arbitrator for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna and Hong Kong. She also  regularly speaks at conferences and writes on international arbitration and sales law matters.  Ms. LEVIN received her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College in 2000 and earned her Juris Doctorate from  Rutgers University School of Law in 2003.  Ms. Levin is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.   She is a dual-citizen of the United States and Brazil, and she speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.