Georgetown Law Presents UNIDROIT Symposium

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 00:00

On Friday, October 28, Georgetown Law School will host a UNIDRIOT Symposium. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. at Georgetown Law Gewirz Student Center located at 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, DC.

UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) principles of international commercial contracts, first adopted in 1994 and revised in 2004, are widely used in international contracting and arbitration practice as well as by domestic courts and international arbitral tribunals to interpret and supplement both contractual provisions and relevant domestic law. The most recent amendments were given final approval by UNIDROIT's governing council in May 2011.

This symposium will provide an overview of the principles from a trans-Atlantic perspective, with particular focus on the most recent revisions (which concern restitution in case of failed contracts, illegality, conditions, and plurality of obligors and obliges). The speakers and roundtable participants include experts in the field of international commercial transactions and dispute resolution.

This symposium will be of interest to private practitioners and corporate counsel who are involved in drafting and negotiating international commercial contracts as well as in litigating or arbitrating disputes arising from international contracts.

The keynote speaker is UNIDROIT secretary-general Jose Angelo Estrella Faria. Other speakers are Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law School; Justice Bernard Fried, Commercial Division, New York State Supreme Court; and Neil B. Cohen, a professor at Brooklyn Law School.

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