Professor Hiroo Sono

Current position(s) and relevant former positions held

- Professor of Law, Hokkaido University (2008 - present)
- Counsellor, Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice (2006-2008)
- Professor of Law, Hokkaido University (2004-2006)
- Associate Professor of Law, Kyushu University (1998-2004)
- Associate Professor of Law, Kanazawa University (1994-1998)

Appointments (apart from the CISG AC)

- Member, Arbitration Committee, ICC Japan (2010 - present)
- Member of the Japanese Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group VI (Secured Transactions) (2009 - present)
- Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia School of Law (2000-2001)
- Extraordinary Member of the Council of Industry Structure, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (1999-2000)
- Research Scholar, University of Michigan Law School (1990-1991)

BOOKS (in English)

 - Tom Ginsburg, Luke Nottage & Hiroo Sono eds, The Multiple Worlds of Japanese Law: Disjunctions and Conjunction. Victoria, Canada: University of Victoria Centre for Pacific-Asia Initiatives, 2001

ARTICLES (in English)

 - “The Diversity of Favor Contractus: The Impact of The CISG on Japan's Civil Code and its Reform” in Ingeborg Schwenzer & Lisa Spagnolo (eds.), Towards Uniformity: The 2d Annual MAA Schlechtriem CISG Conference (Eleven International Publishing, 2011) pp. 165-179

- “Introduction To Articles 85-88” and “Articles 85-88” in Stefan Kröll, Loukas Mistelis and Pilar Perales Viscasillas (eds), UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), (C. H. Beck, 2011) pp. 1150-1190

- “Japan's Accession to and Implementation of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)” Japanese Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 53, (2010) pp. 410-437

- “Japan's Accession to the CISG: The Asia Factor Revisited” Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht (ZJapanR) Nr. 25 (2008) pp.195-205 reproduced in Pace International Law Review Vol. 20, Number 1, pp.105-114 (2008)

- "The Applicability and Non-applicability of the CISG to Software Transactions" in Camilla B. Andersen & Ulrich G. Schroeter eds, Sharing International Commercial Law across National Boundaries:Festschrift for Albert H Kritzer on the Occasion of his Eighties Birthday, London: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, 2008, pp. 512-526

- “The Multiple Worlds of ‘Nihon-ho’” Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht (ZJapanR) Nr.12 (2001) pp.50-59

REPRESENTATIVE ARTICLES (in Japanese; titles in brackets are translations of the original Japanese title)

 - “[Avoidance of Contracts]” in Kaoru Kamata et al eds, Minjiho [Private Law]. Vol.3, 2d edition, Tokyo: Nihonhyoronsha, 2010, pp.76-90

- “[The Conclusion of the CISG and its Context]” Ho no Shihai, No. 153, pp. 20-33 (2009)

- “[The Significance and Characteristics of the CISG]” Jurisuto, No. 1375, pp. 4-11 (2009)

- “[A Commentary on Vienna Sales Convention (CISG)] (1)-(5)” NBL Nos. 887, 888, 890, 891, 895 (2008) (co-authored with Koichi Nakamura and Nobuaki Funabashi)

- “[Non-conformity of Goods under the CISG: The Non-existence of kashitanposekinin and its Reason]” Horitsujiho, Vol. 80, No.8, pp. 53-60 (2008)

- “[Formation and Interpretation of Contracts under the CISG]” Minshohozasshi, Vol. 138, No.1,pp. 1-37 (2008)

- “[Bringing Order to Competition through Contract Law]”, NBL No.863, pp.64-72 (2007)

- “[Buyer's Remedies for Delivery of Non-conforming Goods: International Developments]” Hikakuho Kenkyu No.68, pp.67-78 (2007)

- “[Private Ordering by Merchants and the Role of Law]” in Yasushi Kinumaki & Akira Saito eds, Kokusai Keiyaku Ruruno Tanjo [The Birth of International Contract Rules]. Tokyo: Dobunkanshuppan, 2006, pp. 41-66

- “[Protection of Copyright Licensee’s Interest against Third Parties and Cancellation by Bankruptcy Trustees]” Chitekizaisan Hoseisakugaku Kenkyu No.9, pp.135-168 (2005)

- “[Building a Legal Infrastructure for Electronic Commerce: Developments in the United States]” Jurisuto No.1183, pp.144-150 (2000)

- “[Information Contracts and Intellectual Property]” Jurisuto No.1176, pp.88-92 (2000)

- “[Copyright Takeover: The Expansion of Contract under UCITA]” Amerikaho Vol.1999-2, pp.181-192 (2000)

- “[Seller’s Self-Help Sales in Sales between Merchants]” Hogaku Kyoshitsu No.216, pp.31-34 (1998)

- “[Extra-Judicial Pursuit of Warranty Claims and its Time Limitation: A Dispute Resolution Theory Perspective]” in Festschrift for Masao Yamahata, Kiyoshi Igarashi, and Shigeo Yabu, Minpogakuto Hikakuhogakuno Shoso [Dimensions of Civil Law and Comparative Law Scholarship], Vol.2, Tokyo: Shinzansha, 1997, pp.31-70

- “[The Validity of Contracts in Violation of the Anti-Monopoly Law]” Kanazawa Hogaku Vol.38, No.1/2, pp.263-297 (1996)

- “[The Revision of UCC Article 2: PEB Study Group Reports, Llewellyn’s Rich Legacy, and Modern Contract Law]” Hokudai Hogaku Ronshu Vol.44, No.4, pp.837-891 (1993) and Vol.44, No.5, pp.1293-1353 (1994) (in two installments)


- UNIDROIT Kokusai Shoji Keiyaku Gensoku [UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts]. Tokyo: Shojihomu 2004 (translation of UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Rome: UNIDROIT, 1994 (co-translation with Kazuaki Sono, Hisakazu Hirose, and Takashi Uchida))

- Peter Schlechtriem, Kokusai Toitsu Baibaiho [Uniform Sales Law]. Tokyo: Shojihomukenkyukai 1997 (translation of Schlechtriem, Uniform Sales Law: the UN-convention on contracts for the international sale of goods, Wien: Manz 1986 (co-translation with Takashi Uchida))

Other relevant biographical information

General Editor, CISG-Japan Database