Professor Michael Joachim Bonell

Current Academic Positions

Full Professor of Comparative Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Rome I "La Sapienza" (since 1986)  

Awards

Law Degree Honoris Causa University of Louvain-La Neuve (1996)

Law Degree Honoris Causa University of Basel (2001)

Teaching Experience (abroad)

Visiting Professor at the University of Mainz (1984)

Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford (1996)

Visiting Professor at the University of California School of Law at Davis (1998)

Visiting Professor at the Columbia University School of Law (1993, 1999, 2001)

Visiting Professor at the Temple University School of Law Summer Programme (2000, 2002)

Other Professional Activities

 

Consultant at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome (since 1978)

Chairman of the Working Group for the preparation of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (since 1981)

Member of the Italian delegation to the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna 1980)

Representative of Italy to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) (1980-2000)

Chairman of the XXIIIrd Plenary Session of UNCITRAL (1990)

Member of the Commission for European Contract Law ("Lando Commission") (1981-2001)

Advisor to the Study Group for a European Civil Code (since 2001)

Member of the Research Council of the European University Institute, Florence (1996-2002)

Editor in chief of the database “UNILEX - International Case Law & Bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts” at http://www.unilex.info

Professional Associations

Member of the International Academy of Commercial Law and Consumer Law (since 1986)

Corresponding Member of the Institute of International Business Law and Practices (ICC, Paris) (since 1987)

Membre titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law (since 1990)

Member of The American Law Institute ("Member of the Legal Profession from Foreign Countries") (since 1995)

Member of the Austrian Academy of Science ("Korrespondierendes Mitglied der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften") (since 1998)

Publications

Books

(only those published in English)

  • Commentary on the International Sales Law. The 1980 Vienna Sales Convention, Giuffrè, Milan 1987 (Co-editor and Co-ordinator)
  • A New Approach to International Commercial Contracts. The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. XVth International Congress of Comparative Law, Bristol, 26 July - 1 August 1998, The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 1999 (Editor)
  • UNILEX - International Case Law & Bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Transnational Publishers, Inc., NY, 1994 (Editor) (in book form and on CD-ROM, 2 releases annually; latest release July 2006)
  • The UNIDROIT Principles in Practice. International Caselaw and Bibliography on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, 2nd ed., Transnational Publishers, Inc., NY, 2006.
  • An International Restatement of Contract Law -The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Transnational Publishers, Inc., Irvington, NY, 2nd ed. 2005

Selected articles

 

(only those published in English, French and German)

  • The Relevance of Courses of Dealing, Usages and Customs in the Interpretation of International Commercial Contracts, in: New Directions in International Trade Law, Oceana Publications, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1977, I, 109-137.
  • The UNIDROIT Initiative for the Progressive Codification of International Trade Law, in: International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 1978, 413-441.
  • Arbitration as a Means for the Revision of Contracts, in: Italian National Reports to the Xth International Congress of Comparative Law, Milan 1978, 221-243.
  • Das autonome Recht des Welthandels - Rechtsdogmatischeund rechtspolitische Aspekte, in: RabelsZeitschrift, 1978, 485-506.
  • Some Critical Reflections on the UNCITRAL-Draft on International Sale Contracts, in Uniform Law Review, 1979, 1-15.
  • La nouvelle Convention des Nations Unies sur les contrats de vente internationale de marchandises, in: Droit et pratique du commerce international, 1981, 7-35.
  • The 1983 Geneva Convention on Agency in the International Sale of Goods, in: 32 The American Journal of Comparative Law, 1984, 717-749.
  • Die Bedeutung der Handelsbräuche im Wiener Kaufrechtsubereinkommen vom 1980, in: Juristische Blätter, 1985, 385-395.
  • Methodology in Applying Uniform Law for International Sales under the U.N.Convention (Vienna 1980), in: Italian National Reports to the XIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, Sydney 1986, Giuffrè, Milan, 1986, 43-66.
  • A Proposal for the Establishment of a "Permanent Editorial Board" for the Vienna Sales Convention, in: UNIDROIT (ed.), International Uniform Law in Practice, New York-Rome, 1988, 241-244.
  • Uniform Law and Party Autonomy: What is Wrong with the Current Approach, ibidem, 433-439.
  • Vertragsverhandlungen und Culpa in contrahendo nach dem Wiener UN-Kaufrechtübereinkommen, in: Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft, 1990, 693-702.
  • Harmonization of the Law between Civil and Common Law Jurisdictions: The 1968 Brussels Jurisdiction and Judgements Convention - An Example to Follow, in: Italian National Reports to the 13th International Congress of Comparative law (Montreal 1990), Giuffrè, Milan, 1990, 69-94.
  • International Uniform Law in Practice - Or where the Real Trouble Begins, in: 38 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1990, 865-888.
  • Unification of Law by Non-Legislative Means: The UNIDROIT Draft Principles for International Commercial Contracts, in: 40 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1992, 617-633.
  • Legal Studies in Today's Europe: Towards a European Lawyer? in: 41 American Journal of Comparative Law, 1993, 489-499.
  • UN-Kaufrecht und das Kaufrecht des Uniform Commercial Code im Vergleich, in: 58 RabelsZeitschrift, 1994, 20-39.
  • The 1968 Brussels Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention and the 1980 Rome Convention on Applicable Law, in: B. MARKESINIS (ed.), The Gradual Convergence. Foreign Ideas, Foreign Influences and English Law on the Eve of the 21st Century, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994, 146-164.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the Principles of European Contract Law: Similar Rules for the Same Purposes? in: Uniform Law Review, 1996, 229-246.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts? Towards a new lex mercatoria? in: Revue de droit des affaires internationales, 1997, 145-163.
  • The Need and Possibilities of a Codified European Contract Law, in: European Review of Private Law, 1997, 505-518.
  • UNIDROIT Principles: a significant recognition by a United States District Court, in: Uniform Law Review, 1999, 651-663.
  • UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods - Alternatives or Complimentary Instruments? in: Business Law International, 2000, 89-98.
  • Do we need a global commercial code? in: Uniform Law Review, 2000, 469-481.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles and transnational law, in: BERGER K.P. (Ed.), The Practice of Transnational Law, 23-41. The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 2001.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the harmonisation of international sales law, in FLETCHER, I. – MISTELIS, L. – CREMONA, M. (Eds.), Foundations and Perspectives of International Trade Law, 298-309. London, Sweet and Maxwell, 2001.
  • A ‘Global’ arbitration decided on the basis of the UNIDROIT Principles: In re Andersen Consulting Business Unit Member Firms v. Arthur Andersen Business Unit Member Firms and Andersen Worldwide Société Coopérative, in: 17 Arbitration International 2001, 249-261.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles as a Means of Interpreting and Supplementing International Uniform Law, in: ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2002, Special Supplement, 29-38.
  • Pre-contractual Liability, The Brussels Jurisdiction Convention and ... the UNIDROIT Principles, in: Mélanges offerts à Marcel Fontaine, Larcier, 2003, 359-370.
  • UNIDROIT Principles of international commercial contracts and Principles of European Contract Law: A Synoptical Table, in: Uniform Law Review, 2004, 315-396 (with R. PELEGGI).
  • UNIDROIT Principles 2004 - A Further Step Towards a Global Contract Law, in: Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal, 2004, 49-90.
  • Agency, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 3rd fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2004, 381-398.
  • Limitation periods, in: HARTKAMP, A. [et al.] (Eds.) – Towards a European Civil Code, 3rd fully revised and expanded edition, Nijmegen, Ars Aequi Libri; Kluwer Law International, 2004, 517-531.
  • Soft Law and Party Autonomy: The Case of the UNIDROIT Principles, in: 51 Loyola Law Review, 2005, 229-252.
  • The UNIDROIT Principles and CISG - Sources of Inspiration for English Courts? in: Uniform Law Review, 2006, 305-318.
  • Towards a Legislative Codification of the UNIDROIT Principles? in: Uniform Law Review, 2007, 233-245.
  • CISG, European Contract Law and the Development of Contract Law Worldwide, in 56 The American Journal of Comparative Law, 2008, 1-28.