Why Unify Transnational Commercial Law?

October 29, 2007

Speakers: Herbert Kronke is Secretary-General of UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law), Rome, and Professor for Private Law, Commercial Law and Private International Law, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He received his academic education at the universities of Mainz (Germany), Edinburgh (Scotland), and Hamburg (Germany). He has taught at several universities all over the world and has lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Kronke is author of more than 100 books and articles in the fields of the law of contracts, commercial law, company law and capital markets law, conflict of laws, international civil procedure and arbitration. He is a member of the Working Group on International Commercial Practices of the National Committee of the ICC, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and of several other arbitration institutions. Harold Burman is the Executive Director of the Secretary of State's Advisor y Committee on Private International Law, and senior attorney at the Office of Legal Adviser, Department of State. His work concentrates on the international unification of private law, and he has headed United States delegations to the United Nations, the Organization of American States, UNIDROIT and other bodies on economic and commercial law negotiations, including bank guarantees and letters of credit, law applicable to contracts, cross-border insolvency, and secured interest financing. His work involves coordination with legal interests in countries from all major systems. He has a JD from the University of Chicago and has done post-graduate work in comparative law.

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