Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium 2013
Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law:
Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?
On January 18, Villanova University School of Law brought together global authorities on the subject of international sales law– from Australia, Austria, China, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States–for its annual Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium. Symposium participants debated whether the United Nations should, as the Government of Switzerland has proposed, undertake a study to consider drafting a new convention on international sales law.
Panelists and organizers of the Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium
Pictured (l to r): Brian Boyle, Editor-in-Chief, Villanova Law Review; Luca Castellani, Director of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific; Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary General, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT); John Y. Gotanda, Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law; Norman J. Shachoy ’61; and Keith Loken, Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State
The United States Department of State, as well as top officials from UNIDROIT (the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) and UNCITRAL (the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) also participated, offering a broad spectrum of viewpoints on proposed changes to the CISG (Convention on the International Sale of Goods). Meetings of the CISG Advisory Council, a ‘private initiative [aimed] at promoting a uniform interpretation of the CISG,’ were also held in conjunction with the symposium.
This year’s program was co-sponsored by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, American Society of International Law, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Global Philadelphia, New York State Bar Association International Section, and Transnational Dispute Management.
The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law.