April - June 2010


Remembering our Colleague Professor Albert H. Kritzer


The Pace Institute of International Commercial Law sadly notes the passing of its co-founder, Albert H. Kritzer. He was a world renowned leader in the field of international commercial law.

Professor Kritzer was the architect of the award-winning CISG Database and was also an adjunct professor of law at Pace Law School.


Albert H. Kritzer
April 21, 1928-June 1, 2010

Professor Kritzer died on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Egypt where he was to be presented with the 2010 Arab Conference for Commercial & Maritime Law Career Achievement Award. A funeral service was held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at Riverside Memorial Chapel.

An informal gathering of family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the life and work of Albert H. Krtizer was held at the Institute of International Commercial Law on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

A Tribute in memory of Professor Al Kritzer was held on the occasion of the 43rd session of UNCITRAL in New York. It was held on June 24th at 6:30pm at The Tillman Chapel Church Center for the United Nations.
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Photo Gallery and Tributes


Professor Kritzer developed a unique online database on the United Nations Convention on Contracts on the International Sales of Goods (the CISG) and taught courses on the CISG. The database has earned a central place in the scholarship, teaching, and practice of international sales law, regularly receiving in excess of 100,000 hits per day, and is consistently the first result of an online search for “International Commercial Law.” Additionally, his popular law school seminar frequently produced student research papers that were published in leading academic journals around the world.

To learn more about Professor Kritzer’s extraordinary accomplishments, please visit the CISG database or read Camilla B. Andersen and Ulrich G. Schroeter eds., Sharing International Commercial Law across National Borders: Festschrift for Albert H. Kritzer on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday (2008).

Albert Kritzer leaves three daughters and a global network of admirers, former students and colleagues.


A Fresh Look at Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and Global E-Commerce: Toward a Practical and Fair Redress System for the 21st Century Trader (Consumer and Merchant)

Institute Announces Winner of The Clive M. Schmitthoff
Essay Competition


UNCITRAL, the Institute of International Commercial Law of Pace Law School and Penn State Dickinson School of Law co-sponsored a successful conference on e-commerce and ODR in March.
Podcast of conference
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Speaker presentations
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Institute paper to UNCITRAL supporting ODR
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Katrina Winsor of Auckland University, New Zealand is the winner of the 2009 Essay Competition. Law students whose essays have previously been awarded First Place in this annual event have been from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakstan, South Africa, Spain and the United States. Professors are encouraged to invite their students to consider participating in the Clive Schmitthoff Essay Competition of the Pace Institute and the College of Queen Mary.
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CISG Database Updates


A Practical Guide to the CISG: Negotiations through Litigation
by Allison E. Butler

Monthly updates to the CISG database
See for new case additions, translations, commentaries and seminar announcements.

Please send new cases and entries for the CISG Database to <vrogers@law.pace.edu>
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The Institute has posted an additional CISG text for practicing attorneys on its Database by Allison Butler. Among other items, the text includes a practical checklist and sample forms when applying the CISG.
"A Practical Guide to the CISG: Negotiations through Litigation"
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