WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – On September 12, 2002, Pace Law School will host its annual Blain Sloan Lecture presented by Professor Michael Greenhalgh Bridge, Professor of Commercial Law and Dean of the Faculty of Laws at the University College London School. Professor Bridge’s lecture, Uniformity and International Law, will be held at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY in The Robert B. Fleming Moot Court Room, with a reception immediately following. Admission to this lecture is free of charge and open to the public.
This presentation will explore the merits of competing models of uniformity, English law and the United Nations Convention. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980, has been remarkably successful in terms of its implementation across the world by most of the major trading nations. Apart from its influence on sales law, its effect has been felt more generally in harmonizing initiatives, both global and regional, in the field of contract law. Nevertheless, the U.N. Convention has not made its mark in international sales of commodities, where English law has long been the preferred governing law. Professor Bridge will conclude by considering whether it is better to have a market place for competing laws or to have a standardized, uniform law.
Michael Bridge is the Professor of Commercial Law and Dean of the Faculty of Laws of University College London. He has written treatises for Oxford University Press on The Sale of Goods and The International Sale of Goods. He has co-edited a collection on Cross-Border Security and Insolvency and contributed the chapter on Insolvency for its two-volume encyclopedia on English Private Law. In addition, he has published about 80 articles and book chapters. Professor Bridge has advised the Law Commission of England on secured transactions, the Law Reform Commissions of Alberta and Western Australia on sales law and the Law Reform Commission of Ontario on the property torts. He is also the Director of Research for Norton Rose Solicitors of London and a barrister of the Middle Temple. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the European Study Group, which is developing proposals for the codification of European private law, and is a member of the Property group for the Trento Project, which is concerned to establish the common core of European private law.
Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. The School offers the J.D. program for full-time, and part-time day, and evening students. Its post-graduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs and its Clinical Education Program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, securities arbitration, criminal justice, and disability rights.