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CENTRAL’s research activities in the area of transnational commercial law is supported by a Board of Trustees. Its members come from universities and private practice and from all areas of the world. They all share the sincere interest in the development, evolution and impact of transnational legal structures in a globalized economy.

bild Professor Michael Joachim Bonell

Professor of Law, University Rome I ("La Sapienza"), Director, "Center for Comparative and Foreign Law Studies", Rome; Legal Advisor to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome; representative of Italy to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

bild Professor Richard Buxbaum

Professor of law, University of California, Boalt Hall, Berkeley, USA; former Editor-in-Chief, "American Journal of Comparative Law"

Professor Dr. Albrecht Cordes

Professor of Law, Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Chair in Medieval and Early Modern legal history, specialized in the history of commercial law

bild Professor Dr. Felix Dasser, LL.M.

Attorney at law, Zurich, Switzerland; Professor for Private Law, Private International Law, Civil Procedure and Comparative Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland; author of a groundbraking study on the application of transnational law in international commercial arbitration.

bild Yves Derains

Attorney at law, Paris, France; former General Secretary of the Court of International Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), author of numerous publications on international commercial arbitration.

bild Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ulrich Drobnig

Professor of law (em.), Hamburg University; Director of the Max-Planck-Institute für Foreign and International Private Law, Co-editor of "Rabels-Zeitung".

bild Professor Franco Ferrari

Professor for comparative and international commercial law, Universita degli Studi di Bologna and University Verona, Italy; Expert im international sales law.

bild Professor Alejandro M. Garro

Professor of Law, Columbia University, New York, USA; Associate Research Scholar, Parker School of Foreign Trade and Comparative Law, Columbia University.

bild Professor Fabien Gélinas

Professor of law, McGill University School of Law, Montreal, Canada. Director, Institute for Comparative Law Former General Counsel, International Court of Arbitration, ICC. Member of the Quebec Bar and advisor in conflict resolution and legal reforms.

bild Professor Sir Roy Goode

Norton Rose Professor of English Law, University of Oxford, Fellow St. John's College, Oxford; Crowther Professor of Credit and Commercial Law, Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, England (until 1990); Queen's Counsel; member of the Board of Directors, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome.

bild Professor Zhou Hanmin

Deputy executive director, "Leader's Group" of "2010 Shanghai World Expo Office"; former dean, Law School, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade; President, Research Institute of International Economy & Trade; Editor of "Dynamics and Research of WTO"; expert in international commercial and business law.

bild Professor Dr. Gerold Herrmann

Former Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); Professor h.c., Vienna University.

bild Professor Dr. Norbert Horn

Professor of law (em.), University of Cologne, Germany; Director, Institute for Banking law, University of Cologne.

bild Professor Hans van Houtte

Professor of law, Leuven University, Leuven, Belgium; Director, Institute for International Commercial Law, Leuven University.

bild Sigvard Jarvin

Attorney at law, Paris, France; former Counsel, Court of International Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, France; Co-editor of various collections of ICC arbitral awards.

bild Professor Ole Lando

Professor of law, Copenhagen Business School; Chairman, "Commission on European Contract Law"; Co-editor, "Principles of European Contract Law".

bild Professor Filip de Ly

Professor of law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; author of a major work on transnational commercial law.


Giuditta Cordero Moss

Dr. juris (Oslo), PhD (Moscow), is Professor at the Department for Private Law, University of Oslo (in charge of International Commercial Law, Comparative Private Law and Private International Law), and Principal Research Fellow and Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland (in charge of Regulation of International Commerce).


bild Professor Pilar Perales Viscasillas

Dr. Juris (University Carlos III of Madrid); Commercial Law Professor at  University of La Rioja; Spanish representative at UNCITRAL.



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