German Supreme Court cites papers by Professor Franco Ferrari

In a ruling of May 28th, 2014, the Supreme Court of Germany cites a paper authored by Professor Franco Ferrari, the Executive Director of the Law School’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law as well as a book co-edited by him. In its ruling, the Supreme Court relied on a paper by Ferrari asserting that the definition of sales contract governed by the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods can be derived from that Convention’s Articles 30 and 53. The Supreme Court also relied on a chapter authored by a German professor published in a book co-edited by Ferrari to get to its decision.

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