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Global Sales Law Conference: The CISG at 35: Challenges Today

Friday, January 30, 2015

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 30 on campus at Georgetown University Law Center for the Global Sales Law Conference: The CISG at 35: Challenges Today. 

The morning will begin with registration and morning refreshments at 8:30 AM, with the program beginning at 9:00 AM. 

There is no registration fee but space is limited, so please RSVP by completing the form linked here

Program Description:

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), Georgetown’s Center on Transnational Business and the Law and the UNCITRAL Secretariat will host a one day event addressing the present status of the CISG and future options. 

Panelists will discuss trends in the use of the CISG in North American legal practice, the future of uniform contract law, and the promotion and role of the CISG in international economic development. 

The goal is to take stock of current developments, in particular those relevant for the United States and Canada (e.g., opting out; withdrawal of declarations; CESL and other related projects); to foster greater awareness of the CISG among practitioners; and to explore the contribution of the CISG to legal technical assistance. 

This event is co-sponsored by Penn State University - Dickinson Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section of International Law, the Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace Law School, and the International Law Institute.

Location:

The conference will be held on the campus of Georgetown Law, at:
Gewirz Student Center
120 F Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

The Law Center is within easy walking distance of Union Station and the Judiciary Square Metro Station. Commerical parking is readily available in the area. 

Please find reduced-rate hotel information toward the bottom of this page.

Registration

Please click here to register to attend this event.

Agenda

8:30-9:00 am
Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 - 9:30 am
Welcome and Overview

Prof. David P. Stewarton behalf of Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center
Renaud Sorieul, The Secretary, UNCITRAL

9:30 - 10:30 am
Panel 1: CISG’s Impact on Practice/Current Trends

Moderator: Jack Graves, Professor of Law, Touro Law Center
Franco Ferrari, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Claire M. Germain, Associate Dean for Legal Information & Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Peter J. Tucci, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

10:30 - 11:00 am
Morning Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Panel 2: Future Options and Related Texts

Moderator: Gregory Klass, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs, Georgetown Law
Henry Gabriel, Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
Clayton Gillette, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law, New York University School of Law
John J. Kim, Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, U.S. Department of State

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Luncheon 
Keynote Address
Hon. Claire Reade, Former Assistant USTR for China Affairs

1:30 - 2:45 pm
Panel 3: CISG in Foreign Legal Systems

Moderator: Vikki M. Rogers, Director of the Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace Law School
Hdeel Abdelhady, MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC
Robin Effron, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Peter Mazzacano, Founder & Editor, CISG Canada

2:45 - 4:00 pm
Panel 4: Technical Assistance and Rule of Law

Moderator: Louis F. Del Duca, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Issam Michael Saliba, Law Library of Congress and International Council for Middle East Studies
Stephen D. Gardner, Chief Counsel, Commercial Law Development Program, U.S. Department of Commerce
Muna B. Ndulo, Director of the Berger International Legal Studies Program and Director of the Institute for African Development, Cornell University
Don Wallace, Chairman, International Law Institute; Professor Emeritus, Georgetown Law

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Concluding Panel: Closing Discussion

UNCITRAL Secretary Sorieul and Moderators
Comments and Questions from the Floor

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Reception, Hotung Faculty Dining Room

Hotel Information: 

Please take advantage of Georgetown Law's corporate rate at three nearby hotels. Please use the information below to make your reservation.

Hyatt Regency Washington DC on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234 or (80) 233-1234
Please click here and enter Corporate Code 58549 to make online reservations or reference that code when calling.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-1616
Please click here or ask for the Georgetown Rate when calling for reservations.

The Hotel George
15 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-4200 or (800) 576-8331
When calling for reservations, ask for the Georgetown Rate.

Program Co-Sponsors:

UNCITRAL
Georgetown Law
Dickinson School of Law
American Branch of the International Law Association
American Society of International Law
ABA Section of International Law
Institute of International Commercial Law, Pace Law School
International Law Institute

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