Hiroo Sono, LL.M 1990, University of Michigan Law School, is Professor of Law at Hokkaido University, Japan. Before joining the faculty at Hokkaido University in 2004, he taught at Kanazawa University (1994-1998) and Kyushu University (1998- 2004).His main fields of research interest lay in contract law (including consumer law) and international commercial law. He approaches these fields from the perspective of interaction between private ordering and the regulatory function of private law; and also from the perspective of globally or regionally coordinated developments in commercial law.
Recently, he has been most active in the field of international commercial law, in particular the CISG. He is a founding member of the CISG Advisory Council (CISG-AC) since 2001. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Counsellor, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice where he was responsible for Japan’s accession to the CISG. Since 2008 he serves as the Japanese delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group VI (Security Interests). At Hokkaido University, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese Civil Law (including contracts, torts, obligations, property, and secured transactions) and International Commercial Law. He also holds seminars to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competitions.
Dr. D. Saidov
Dr Djakhongir Saidov is a Reader in Law in the Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham (UK). He holds an LLB from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan), an LLM and a PhD from the University of East Anglia (UK). Dr Saidov specialises in international commercial law and law relating to international oil and gas operations. He has given lectures and taught courses in the National University of Singapore, University of Navarro (Spain), International Training Centre of the ILO (Turin, Italy), the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and the Tashkent State Institute of Law (Uzbekistan).
He has written extensively on various aspects of the international sale of goods and international commercial law instruments. Dr Saidov currently acts as a Reporter to the CISG Advisory Council on the issue of conformity of goods, public law regulations and standards affecting the use of the goods.
Anna Veneziano is Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Teramo, Italy and Professor of European Property Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), in The Netherlands. Currently she is on leave and serves as Deputy Secretary General of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law UNIDROIT (Rome). She studied law at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, obtained an LL.M. degree at the Yale Law School, CT, United States, funded by a Fulbright scholarship (1992-93) and took a PhD degree in Comparative Law at the University of Florence, Italy. In 2008 she was awarded a research scholarship by the Max
Planck Institute for Foreign Private Law and Private International Law in Hamburg, Germany. She has been invited to teach courses at several universities (among others Würzburg, Germany (1993-2006); Paris II (2009); Trento, Faculty of Economics, EMBS course on European and International Commercial Law” (2007-2010); Florence Summer School, Penn State Dickinson Law School, course on International Sales (2006- date)).Her main publications are in the field of international and European contracts and sales law, as well as secured transactions and international insolvency.She was a member of the Italian delegation with respect to the 2001 Cape Town Convention on International Interests on Mobile Equipment and the Protocol thereto relating to aircraft collateral (2001) as well as the Protocol thereto relating to space assets (2012). She was a member of the Study Group on a European Civil Code (2001-2009), of the Compilation and Redaction Group on a Draft Common Frame of Reference on European Private Law (DCFR) and of the Expert Group set up by the European Commission for the redaction of a common European law on sales (CESL) (2010-2012).
Cesar Pereira has a degree in Law from UFPR, Brazil (1992), a LL.M. in Tax Law from PUC-SP, Brazil (1998) and a JSD in Administrative Law from PUC-SP (2005). He was a Visiting Scholar in the area of International Arbitration at Columbia University, under the supervision of Professor George Bermann (2013-2014). He has published "Elisão Tributária e Função Administrativa" [Tax Avoidance and Government Action] (Dialética, 2001) and "Usuários de Serviços Públicos" [Users of Public Services] (Saraiva, 2nd. ed., 2008), in addition to numerous papers and articles in Public Law, Commercial Law and Arbitration. He has co-edited
and authored for the books "Arbitragem e Poder Público" [Arbitration and State Parties] (Saraiva, 2010), "Regime Diferenciado de Contratações - RDC" [Differential Public Procurement Regime - RDC] (Fórum, 2nd ed., 2012) and "Infrastructure Law of Brazil" (Fórum, 3rd ed., 2012). He has recently co-edited the Brazilian edition of Schlechtriem & Schwenzer Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (Thomson Reuters). He was a professor of Administrative Law at UniCuritiba and is a professor at Instituto de Direito Romeu Bacellar (Curitiba, Brazil) and a course leader at SiLS – Swiss International Law School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and the president of CAMFIEP, an arbitration center in Curitiba, Brazil. He is the Vice-President of Brazil Infrastructure Institute, a think tank based in Brasilia, and the co-editor for Public Procurement of ReDAC [Contemporary Administrative Law Review], Thomson Reuters. He is a partner and the head of the São Paulo branch of Justen, Pereira, Oliveira & Talamini, in which he has been an attorney since 1992. His law practice is focused on government contracts, public procurement, PPPs, infrastructure projects, regulated industries, commercial law and arbitration.
Professor Claude Witz has received his legal training in France (PhD, Strasbourg; Agrégation de droit privé, Paris). Successively professor on leave at the Universities of Lyon and Strasbourg, he is seconded by the French Government to Saarland University where he is co-director of the Centre juridique franco- allemand (CJFA) and teaches French private law. The CISG is a major focus of Professor Witz’ research interests. Beside many publications in this field, he is founder and director of the CISG-France online database, French correspondent for the CNUDCI, member of the CISG Advisory Council, and one of the co-writers of the CISG-Digest.
Professor Witz’ second major research field covers fiduciary and trust law (see his thesis “La Fiducie en droit privé français”, 1980; commentary of the new articles 2011 – 2031 Code civil, JurisClasseur Civil, 2012). European comparative private law constitutes the third major body of work of Professor Witz’ research activities. He was member of the Third Commission for European Contract Law (3rd Lando-Commission, 1997- 2001) and of the working group for a reform of French contract law (Académie des sciences morales et politiques: “Pour une réforme du droit des contrats”, Dalloz 2008). Professor Witz is particularly interested in comparative French-German law (see e.g. Le droit allemand, 2nd éd., Paris 2013).
M. Zaleski, LL.M., Legal Officer, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission
Mr Mikolaj Zaleski, LL.M works in the Civil and Contract Law unit in the Directorate General Justice of the European Commission. He is a team leader responsible for the proposal of the Common European Sales Law. He participates in the legislative process related to the Common European Sales Law and maintains contacts with representatives of the Member States of the EU as well as with international organisations. In the past, he assisted the European Commission Expert Group on the European Contract Law.
Professor emeritus in private law and former Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Stockholm, First Rector and Honorary Professor of Riga Graduate School of Law, former Member of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, ICSID Conciliator appointed by the Swedish Government, former Vice President of the Commission of Commercial Law and Practice of the International Chamber of Commerce, former Chairman of CISG Advisory Council, Honorary Member and former President of the Swedish Maritime Law Association, former President of the Scandinavian Maritime Law Institute, Honorary Vice President of Comité Maritime International and Honorary Member
of FIATA. Senator of the European Law Institute(ELI). Acting as arbitrator in international arbitrations (in the period 1980-2012 more than 300 cases).
Lisa holds an LLB (1st class), B.Com and a PhD Law focussing on the substantive and procedural efficiency of choices of law in international sales contracts, and on behavioural aspects of such choices, including interpretive influences upon such behaviour. She was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award 2014, the Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration Award 2013, and the Mollie Holman Medal in 2013 for her PhD thesis. She previously won the Supreme Court Prize at Deakin University, and practiced at a Minter Ellison in insolvency and banking law. Since joining the Monash Law Faculty, she lectures in Property Law
and Contracts, coaches the Monash Vis Moot Team, and supervises a number of post-graduate students. Her recent major work, CISG Exclusion and Legal Efficiency was published by Kluwer (June 2014). She has also contributed articles to Journal of Private International Law, Vindobona Journal of International and Commercial Law, and the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, chapters published by Cambridge University Press and co-edits an annual volume of papers from the MAA Schlechtriem conference. Her works have been cited at the highest judicial level, by the Federal Attorney General’s Department Discussion Paper on contract law reform in Australia, and by an EU Parliamentary Briefing Note. She was an expert advisor to the International Commercial Contracts Committee of the International Section, New York State Bar Association, and was recently commissioned to write a major report for the Korea Legislation Research Institute. Lisa is Fellow of the Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace University New York, a Rapporteur for the CISG Advisory Council, a foundation member of the Law Council of Australia UNCITRAL Co-ordination Committee, and has presented at conferences in Vienna, Toronto, Melbourne, Beijing, Wellington, Hong Kong, Florida, Brazil, Sydney, Philadelphia, and the UNCITRAL Expert Group Meeting in Korea.
Ulrich Schroeter was educated at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). In 2005, he received a Doctor iuris (summa cum laude) from the Free University Berlin. Since 2012, he has been a full professor of law at the University of Mannheim (Germany) where he holds the Chair for Private Law, International Corporate and Financial Markets Law, European Business Law and also serves as director of the Institute of Corporate Law (IURUM). Professor Schroeter has published books, book chapters and articles on German and European contract law, international trade law, arbitration, commercial law and financial markets regulation, and has received
awards for both his research and his teaching. His works have been cited by courts in Australia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the United States.
OHADAC Project Manager, headquartered in the French West Indies and legal adviser at Century-link & Xin Ji Yuan Law Office, in Beijing, China. Jean Alain Penda holds an LLB from the University of Buea (Cameroon), an LLM in International Corporate and Financial Law from the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom), and a Ph.D. from the University of Basel (Switzerland) specialising in sales and commercial law. Penda has been a Research Assistant for the Head of Private Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Basel and a Researcher for Global Sales Law, a project supported by UNCITRAL. He is a Director at the Foundation for a Unified System of Business Law (FUBLA) and a
regular consultant for the Association for the Unification of Business Law in Africa (UNIDA) and ACP Legal, both which are non-governmental organisations promoting legal integration in Africa and the Caribbean.
Pilar Perales Viscasillas is Chair of Commercial Law at University Carlos III of Madrid, and formerly at La Rioja University (Spain). Director of the School of Law at Univ. Carlos III of Madrid. Graduated from the Law School of the University Autónoma of Madrid (1991). Doctor in Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid (1996), with honours. Member of the Spanish Bar since 2000. Consultant on domestic and international commercial legal matters. Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie (Madrid). Arbitrator in both international and domestic matters.
Prof. Perales Viscasillas has published several books in Spanish: Formation of the Contracts in CISG (1996); Appraisal´s rights of shareholders (2000); Appraisal´s rights in Corporations: a comparative study between the Spanish and the USA Legal systems (2001); International Commercial Law. The Uniform Law (2003) in cooperation with Prof. Illescas; Arbitrability and arbitration agreement in Corporations (2005); Late Payment in the EU and Spain (2006), and Insurance and Civil Liability of arbitrators and arbitral institutions (2013). She has been co-editor with S.Kröll/L.A.Mistelis/P.Perales Viscasillas, UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Commentary. C.H.Beck-Hart-Nomos, 2011; S.Kröll/L.A.Mistelis/P.PeralesViscasillas/V.Rogers (Editors), International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution. Liber Amicorum Eric Bergsten. Kluwer Law International, 2011; and of the first Spanish commentary on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: Pilar Perales Viscasillas/Ignacio Torterola (Directores). Nuevo Reglamento de Arbitraje de la CNUDMI 2010. Legis, 2011. Prof. Perales Viscasillas is Spanish Representative at UNCITRAL in the Working Group on International Commercial Arbitration. CLOUT National correspondant, and formed part of the team that drafted the third edition of the CISG Digest; representing the NLCIFT at the Working Group on the preparation of the 3rd edition of the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts. Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). Member of the International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (IACCL). Member of the CISG-AC (The International Sales Convention -Advisory Council). Associate Member to the General Commission for the Codification of Commercial Law in Spain. Director of the CISG database: Spain and Latinamerica (www.cisgspanish.com) and the Madrid Moot (www.mootmadrid.es).
Partner of the law firm Ahlers & Vogel, Hamburg. Burghard Piltz is specialized in international business, particularly international sales and related transactions (CISG, Incoterms, etc.) and practices law both as legal counsel and as arbitrator in the field of international commercial law. Burghard Piltz teaches Private International Law and Uniform Law. In 1997 he was appointed honorary professor. He is the chairman of the committee for European Contract Law, established by the Federal Chamber of German Lawyers, and president of the Arbitration Centre established by the German-Argentinean
Chamber of Commerce, Buenos Aires. Currently, he is a member of the Task Force International Sales established by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
PETER WINSHIP is the James Cleo Thompson Sr. Trustee Professor at the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, and, until 2010, a visiting professor of law, King’s College, London. His teaching, research and publications are primarily in the area of international commercial law, including maritime law. He is a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and has represented the United States at UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT. In 2008 he received the Leonard J. Theberge Award for service to U.S. efforts in the field of private international law.
Paulo Nalin was educated at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), where he obtained his LLB, LLM and PhD. Pos-PhD candidate at Basel Faculty of Law (2014), Chair of Private Law, Prof. Ingebor Schwenzer. He also currently lectures Private Law in the LLB, LLM and PhD programs at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). He is founding partner of Popp & Nalin Associates, having also acted as arbitrator in several proceedings. He has broad experience in Private Law, having focused in issues regarding obligations, contract law, extra-contractual liability and fundamental rights. He is associate of Private Law Institute (IDP-São Paulo); Attorneys Institute of Parana State (IAP - Paraná); Civil Law Institute (IDC – Rio de Janeiro); Comparative Law Institute Brazil-Portugal (IDCLB – Rio de Janeiro).
Holding a Bachelor of Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, and two Masters of Law (specializing in commercial and international law) from the UFRGS, Luiz Gustavo MEIRA MOSER is a PhD candidate in International Commercial Law at the University of Basel. He has been academically and professionally involved for many years within the fields of international arbitration, mediation, cross-border disputes, uniform sales law (CISG), intellectual property law and contract law in Brazil, Latin America and Europe. Luiz Gustavo MEIRA MOSER also actively engages in legal
research, drafts numerous articles, book chapters and books, and participates as a memorial judge and arbitrator in a number of major international arbitration mooting competitions. Luiz Gustavo MEIRA MOSER is a former appellate court law clerk (Court of Appeals of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), where his work involved, inter alia, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property disputes and arbitration-related state court proceedings and prior to that, he practiced in the private sector in Brazil, with an emphasis on dispute resolution and litigation.Luiz Gustavo MEIRA MOSER is a Brazilian-qualified lawyer and is currently a senior lawyer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) in Geneva, Switzerland.