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Academic Positions

Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Rome I "La Sapienza" 

Former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Rome I "La Sapienza"

Former Director of the Center for Foreign and Comparative Law Studies, Rome

 

 

Awards
Law Degree Honoris Causa University of Louvain-La-Neuve (1996)
Law Degree Honoris Causa University of Basel (2001)

 

 

Teaching Experience

Full time Professor of Commercial Law, University of Camerino (1980-1982)

Full time Professor of International Trade Law, Catholic University of Milan (1983-1986)

Visiting Professor at the University of Mainz (1984)

BNL Visiting Professor at the Columbia University School of Law (1993)

Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (1996)

Visiting Professor at the University of California School of Law at Davis (regular course) and at Berkeley (seminar) (1998)

Parker Visiting Professor at the Columbia University School of Law (1999, 2001)

Visiting Professor at the Temple University School of Law Summer Programme (2000, 2002)

Visiting Professor at the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II (Summer Course) (2009)

Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Master Course) (2009, 2010)

Butterworth Lecture 1994, Queen Mary College London

Cassel Lecture 1996, University of Stockholm

Miller Lecture 1996, University of Edinburgh

Annual Lecture of Comparative Law 1998, Boalt Hall, Berkeley

General Reporter at the XVth International Congress of Comparative Law (Bristol, 1998)

Lectures and seminars at the Universities of Munich, Augsburg, Regensburg, Warsaw, Cracow, Milan, Freiburg, Köln, Oslo, Bergen, Jerusalem, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Mexico City, Valencia, Vienna, Moscow, Tokyo, Kyoto, Los Angeles, Würzburg, New Orleans, Budapest, Recife, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne.

 

 

Other Professional Activities

Consultant at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome (since 1978)

Chairman of the Working Group for the preparation of the first edition of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts

Chairman of the Working Group for the preparation of the 2004 edition of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts

Chairman of the Working Group for the preparation of the 2010 edition of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts

Member of the Italian delegation to the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna 1980)

Representative of Italy to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) (1980-2000)

Member of the Commission for European Contract Law ("Lando Commission") (1981-2001)

Advisor to the Study Group for a European Civil Code (2001-2008)

Counsel for the defence of the Italian Government before the International Court of Justice in the case of Raytheon-ELSI (1989)

Chairman of the XXIIIrd Plenary Session of UNCITRAL (1990)

Member of the Research Council of the European University Institute, Florence (1996-2002)

Member of the Research Council of the Europäische Akademie Bozen (1996-2000)

Member of the First Panel for Category "F" Claims at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva (1996-2001)

Member of the Founding Committee of the School of Economics, Bozen (1998-2001)

Founding Member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG-AC) (since 2001)

Editor in chief of the database UNILEX - International Case Law & Bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts http://www.unilex.info

Member of the Arbitration Council of the Italian and International Court of Arbitration of Milan (since 2011)

 

 

Professional Associations

Member of the International Academy of Commercial Law and Consumer Law (since 1986)

Corresponding Member of the Institute of International Business Law and Practices (ICC, Paris) (since 1987)

Membre titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law (since 1990)

Member of The American Law Institute ("Member of the Legal Profession from Foreign Countries") (since 1995)

Member of the Austrian Academy of Science ("Korrespondierendes Mitglied der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften") (since 1998)

 

 

Publications

 

Books

Le regole oggettive del commercio internazionale, Giuffrè, Milan, 1976.
Partecipazione operaia e diritto dell'impresa, Giuffrè, Milan, 1983.

Commentary on the International Sales Law. The 1980 Vienna Sales Convention, Giuffrè, Milan, 1987 (Co-editor and Co-ordinator).

A New Approach to International Commercial Contracts. The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. XVth International Congress of Comparative Law, Bristol, 26 July - 1 August 1998, The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 1999 (Editor)

UNILEX - International Case Law & Bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Transnational Publishers, Inc., Irvington, NY, 1994 (editor) (in book form and on CD-ROM, 2 releases annually; latest release July 2008).

An International Restatement of Contract Law -The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Transnational Publishers, Inc., Irvington, NY, 3rd ed. 2005.

The UNIDROIT Principles in Practice. International Caselaw and Bibliography on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. 2nd ed., Transnational Publishers, Inc., Irvington, NY, 2006. (Editor)

Un "Codice" internazionale del diritto dei contratti, 2a ed., Giuffrè, Milan, 2006.

The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts, Springer International Publishing 2015 (Co-editor together with O. Meyer)

 

 

Selected articles

(only those published in English, French and German)
The Relevance of Courses of Dealing, Usages and Customs in the Interpretation of International Commercial Contracts, in: New Directions in International Trade Law, Oceana Publications, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1977, I, 109-137.
The UNIDROIT Initiative for the Progressive Codification of International Trade Law, in: International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 1978, 413-441.

Arbitration as a Means for the Revision of Contracts, in: Italian National Reports to the Xth International Congress of Comparative Law, Milan 1978, 221-243.

Das autonome Recht des Welthandels - Rechtsdogmatischeund rechtspolitische Aspekte, in: RabelsZeitschrift, 1978, 485-506.

Die allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen nach italienischem Recht. Ihre Regelung im innerstaatlichen und internationalen Rechtsverkehr, in: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft, 1979, 1-19.

Some Critical Reflections on the UNCITRAL-Draft on International Sale Contracts, in Uniform Law Review, 1979, 1-15.

La nouvelle Convention des Nations Unies sur les contrats de vente internationale de marchandises, in: Droit et pratique du commerce international, 1981, 7-35.

The 1983 Geneva Convention on Agency in the International Sale of Goods, in: 32 The American Journal of Comparative Law, 1984, 717-749.

It is Feasible to Elaborate Uniform Rules Governing the Relations between Principal and Agent?, in: Uniform Law Review 1984, I, 52-70.

Die Bedeutung der Handelsbräuche im Wiener Kaufrechtsubereinkommen vom 1980, in: Juristische Blätter, 1985, 385-395.

Methodology in Applying Uniform Law for International Sales under the U.N.Convention (Vienna 1980), in: Italian National Reports to the XIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, Sydney 1986, Giuffrè, Milan, 1986, 43-66.

A "Restatement" of Principles for International Commercial Contracts: An Academic Exercise or a Practical Need? in: Revue de droit des affaires internationales, 1988, 873-888.

A Proposal for the Establishment of a "Permanent Editorial Board" for the Vienna Sales Convention, in: UNIDROIT (ed.), International Uniform Law in Practice, New York-Rome, 1988, 241-244.

Uniform Law and Party Autonomy: What is Wrong with the Current Approach, ibidem, 433-439.

Das Rechtsstudium für das Europa von morgen: Bemerkungen zum "ERASMUS" Programm, in: F.SCHWIND - W.BRAUNEDER (ed.), Rechtsstudium für das Europa von morgen, Wien, 1991, 51-63.

Vertragsverhandlungen und Culpa in contrahendo nach dem Wiener UN-Kaufrechtübereinkommen, in: Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft, 1990, 693-702.

Harmonization of the Law between Civil and Common Law Jurisdictions: The 1968 Brussels Jurisdiction and Judgements Convention - An Example to Follow, in: Italian National Reports to the 13th International Congress of Comparative law (Montreal 1990), Giuffrè, Milan, 1990, 69-94.

International Uniform Law in Practice - Or where the Real Trouble Begins, in: 38 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1990, 865-888.

Das UNIDROIT-Projekt für die Ausarbeitung von Regeln für internationale Handelsverträge, in: 56 RabelsZeitschrift, 1992, 274-289.

Unification of Law by Non-Legislative Means: The UNIDROIT Draft Principles for International Commercial Contracts, in: 40 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1992, 617-633.

Legal Studies in Today's Europe: Towards a European Lawyer? in: 41 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1993, 489-499.

UN-Kaufrecht und das Kaufrecht des Uniform Commercial Code im Vergleich, in: 58 RabelsZeitschrift, 1994, 20-39.

The 1968 Brussels Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention and the 1980 Rome Convention on Applicable Law, in: B. MARKESINIS (ed.), The Gradual Convergence. Foreign Ideas, Foreign Influences and English Law on the Eve of the 21st Century, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994, 146-164.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and CISG: Alternative or Complemenatary Instruments? in: Uniform Law Review, 1996, 26-39.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Principles of European Contract Law: Similar Rules for the Same Purposes? in: Uniform Law Review, 1996, 229-246.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts? Towards a new lex mercatoria? in: Revue de droit des affaires internationales, 1997, 145-163.

The Need and Possibilities of a Codified European Contract Law, in: European Review of Private Law, 1997, 505-518.

The UNIDROIT Principles: What next? in: Uniform Law Studies in Memory of Malcolm Evans, 1998, 275-287.

General report, in: BONELL M.J. (Ed.), A New Approach to International Commercial Contracts. The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. XVth International Congress of Comparative Law, Bristol, 26 July - 1 August 1998, The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 1999, 1-17.

The UNIDROIT Principles: first practical experiences, in: 1 European Journal of Law Reform, 1998/1999, 183-202.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts prepared by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), in: Transnational Law in Commercial Legal Practice, 7-44. Edited by Center for Transnational Law. Münster, Quadis Publishing, 1999. (CENTRAL Practice and Study Guides, Vol. 1)

UNIDROIT Principles: a significant recognition by a United States District Court, in: Uniform Law Review, 1999, 651-663.

UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods - Alternatives or Complimentary Instruments? in: Business Law International, 2000, 89-98.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts: The first 50 or so decisions, in: New Trends in International Trade Law. Contributions on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the International Trade Law Course, 65-80. G. Giappichelli Editore, Torino, 2000.

Do we need a global commercial code? in: 106 Dickinson Law Review (2001), 87 -100.

The UNIDROIT Principles and transnational law, in: BERGER K.P. (Ed.), The Practice of Transnational Law, 23-41. The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 2001.

The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the harmonisation of international sales law, in FLETCHER, I. – MISTELIS, L. – CREMONA, M. (Eds.), Foundations and Perspectives of International Trade Law, 298-309. London, Sweet and Maxwell, 2001.

A ‘Global’ arbitration decided on the basis of the UNIDROIT Principles: In re Andersen Consulting Business Unit Member Firms v. Arthur Andersen Business Unit Member Firms and Andersen Worldwide Société Coopérative, in: 17 Arbitration International 2001, 249-261.

The UNIDROIT Principles as a Means of Interpreting and Supplementing International Uniform Law, in: ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2002, Special Supplement, 29-38.

Pre-contractual Liability, The Brussels Jurisdiction Convention and ... the UNIDROIT Principles, in: Mélanges offerts à Marcel Fontaine, Larcier, 2003, 359-370.

Modernisation and Harmonisation of Contract Law: Objectives, Methods and Scope. An Overview, in: Uniform Law Review, 2003, 91-96.

UNIDROIT Principles 2004 – The new edition of the Principles of International Commercial Contracts adopted by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law [résumé in French], in: Uniform Law Review, 2004, 5-40.

UNIDROIT Principles of international commercial contracts and Principles of European Contract Law: A Synoptical Table, in: Uniform Law Review, 2004, 315-396 (with R. PELEGGI).

UNIDROIT Principles 2004 - A Further Step Towards a Global Contract Law, in: Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal, 2004, 49-90.

Agency, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 3rd fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2004, 381-398.

Limitation periods, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 3rd fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2004, 517-531.

Soft Law and Party Autonomy: The Case of the UNIDROIT Principles, in: 51 Loyola Law Review, 2005, 229-252.

The UNIDROIT Principles and CISG - Sources of Inspiration for English Courts? in: Uniform Law Review, 2006, 305-318.

Towards a Legislative Codification of the UNIDROIT Principles? in: Uniform Law Review, 2007, 233-245.

CISG: European Contract Law and the Development of Contract Law Worldwide, in 56 The American Journal of Comparative Law, 2008, 1-28.

De la Convención de Viena sobre la compraventa a los Principios UNIDROIT: ¿Hacia un derecho global de los contratos comerciales internacionales? In: Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional Privado, 2008, 259-274.

UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Draft Common Frame of Reference: a Synoptical Table, in: Uniform Law Review, 2009, 437-554 (with R. PELEGGI).

Agency, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 4th fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2011, 515 - 536.

Limitation periods, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 4th fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2011, 715 – 732.

The New Provisions on Illegality in the UNIDROIT Principles 2010, in: Uniform Law Review, 2011, 517-536.

International Investment Contracts and General Contract Law: A Place for the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts? in: Uniform Law Review, 2012, 141-159.

Model Clauses for the Use of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, in Unif. L. Rev., Vol. 18, 2013, 473–489

The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts – General Report (together with O.Meyer), in M.J. Bonell/O.Meyer(Eds), The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts, Springer International Publishing 2015, 1 – 36

 

 

 

 

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