German Supreme Court cites papers by Professor Franco Ferrari

On several occasions German Supreme Court cites papers by Professor Franco Ferrari

In two different rulings, the Supreme Court of Germany cited papers by Professor Franco Ferrari, the Executive Director of the Law School’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law. In its October 23rd, 2013, ruling, which was only recently made public, the German Supreme Court relied on a paper by Ferrari asserting that one of the general principles underlying the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is that of estoppel. In a ruling of October 10th, 2013, the German Supreme Court justified its holding by referring to a different paper authored by Ferrari, in which Ferrari argues that under the Regulation (EC) No. 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) issues relating to the statute of limitations are to be qualified as issues of substance.

The Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law aims at the advancement of the study and practice of international business transactions and the way to solve related disputes either through litigation or arbitration. As commercial transactions become increasingly international, it is vital to the legal and business communities to understand and analyze the practices and legal principles that govern relationships between firms and between firms and consumers in the international arena