CISG Basel Conference 2015
29 and 30 January 2015, University of Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. H. Sono
Please find hereafter information about the Conference speakers (in alphabetic order m-z, a-m find here):
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. 
Prof. Dr. A. Veneziano
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). 
Dr. C. Pereira
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. 
Prof. Dr. C. Witz
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.
Prof. Dr. J. Ramberg
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). 
Dr. L. Spagnolo
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.
Prof. Dr. U. Schroeter
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.
Dr. J.A. Penda Matipe
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. 
Prof. Dr. P. Perales Viscasillas
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 ( and the Madrid Moot  (
Prof. Dr. B. Piltz
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). 
Prof. P. Winship
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. 
Prof. Dr. P. Nalin
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). 
G. Moser
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.