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Reproduced with permission from 27 American Journal of Comparative Law (1979) 212-216

Bibliography: Unification of Trade Law and UNCITRAL [*]

John Honnold

A. Unification of Law for International Trade

It is not feasible or necessary to duplicate here the rich collections of bibliographic material on the general background of legal unification and comparative law that may be found in a series of volumes prepared by Charles Szladits: Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law. Volume IV (in two volumes) covers 1966-1971 (Oceana, 1975). In the first of these two volumes see e.g. 35-36 (unification in general), 37-46 (unification in special fields), 310-332 (foreign and comparative material on the law of contracts), 334-339 (sales), 499-501 (carriage of goods by sea), 503-505 (commercial paper). Material prior to 1966 is covered by Dr. Szladits in earlier volumes: Vol. I (1955) (period up to 1953); Vol. II (1962) (covers 1953-1959); Vol. III (1968) (covers 1960-1965). As has been noted, Vol. IV covers 1966-1971; material subsequent to 1971 is covered in annual supplements (the most recent, published in 1978, covers 1975) and in annual reports by Dr. Szladits in this Journal. See 26 Am. J. Comp. L. 139-181 (1978) and 27 id. 158-196 (1979).

A valuable "Survey of Articles on Comparative and Foreign Law in English-Language Legal Periodicals 1929-1969" appears in Schlesinger, Comparative Law 637-816 (Foundation Press, 3d ed. 1970). See e.g. Parts II C, Unification of Law, at 653-655; VI B, Contracts, at 698-704, IX D, Negotiable Instruments, at 732-733; IX E, Sales, at 733-736; IX G, Transportation, at 736-738; XI D4, Arbitration, at 773-775. See also Rodino, "Outlines for a Bibliography on Uniform Law," 66 Law Library Journal 272 (1973).[1]

The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) from 1948 to 1972 presented reports on its work in Yearbooks entitled Unification of Law (UNIDROIT, Rome, 1948 et seq.). Most early Yearbooks included texts or summaries of judicial decisions interpreting uniform laws; from 1959 to 1971 these decisions were published separately as Uniform Law Cases (UNIDROIT, Rome). In 1973 the Yearbook, Unification of Law, and Uniform Law Cases were merged into a semi-annual publication entitled Uniform Law Review (UNIDROIT, Rome). These various volumes include the texts and background studies on uniform laws prepared by UNIDROIT, the reports of colloquia dealing with various aspects of unification, as well as extensive bibliographies. See also UNIDROIT, New Directions in International Trade Law (Acts and Proceedings of Congress held at Rome in September 1976).
(1977); surveys of the work of UNIDROIT during its first half-century appear in Vol. I at xvii and xxvii.

A few other works of special relevance to the background and program of UNCITRAL need to be mentioned:

Zweigert, K & Kropholler, J., eds., Sources of International Uniform Law. Vol. I: Private and Commercial Law (1971) and Supplement (1977); Vol. II: Transport Law (1972); Vol. III: Law of Copyright, Competition and Industrial Property (1973); Vol. IIIA: (l979) (supplement to Vol. III, bringing all material up to date) (1971-1973). This valuable source book sets forth the texts (in English, French and German) of uniform laws and rules in a wide variety of fields; the scope is broader than that of the U.N. Register of Trade Law Texts which is discussed and cited in Part I-C of this Symposium.

David, R., "The International Unification of Private Law," in International Encyclopaedia of Comparative Law, Vol. 2, Ch. 5 (Tubingen: Mohr, 1971).

Schmitthoff, C., ed., The Sources of the Law of International Trade (New York: Praeger, 1964).

Giles, O., Uniform Commercial Law (Leiden: Sijthoff, 1970).

Fabricius, F., ed., Law and International Trade. Festschrift für Clive M. Schmitthoff (Frankfurt a.M.: Athenäum, 1973).

Langen, E., Transnational Commercial Law (Leiden: Sijthoff, 1973).

"Unification of Law A Symposium," 30 Law and Contemporary Problems 231 (1965).

U.N. Secretary-General, "Progressive Development of the Law of International Trade" (A/6396), (Prof. C. Schmitthoff, Consultant), I UNCITRAL Yearbook. 1968-1970 260-283.

B. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee, Report of the Fifteenth Session (New Delhi: 1976).

Barrett, J.C., "International Unification of Private Law: Current activities," 6 International Lawyer 675 (1972).

Brown, A.T., "U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)," 10 International Lawyer 366 (1976).

Carey, J., "UNCITRAL Its Origins and Prospects," 15 American Journal of Comparative Law 626 (1966).

Contini, P., "The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)," 16 American Journal of Comparative Law 666 (1968).

Dadzie, E.K., "United Nations and International Trade Law," 3 Journal of World Trade Law 251 (1969).

Dadzie, E.K., "United Nations and International Trade Law," 8 Indian Journal of International Law 235 (1968).

Date-Bah, S.K., "Recent Developments in International Trade Law," 7 University of Ghana Law Journal 160 (1970).

David, R., "Commission des Nations Unies pour le droit commercial international," 16 Annuaire francais de droit international 453 (1970).

David, R., "Réflexions sur le rôle de la Commission des Nations Unies pour le droit commercial international," 43 Annuario di diritto comparato e di studi legislativi 188 (1969).

Enderlein, F., "Die fünfte Tagung der UNCITRAL," 21 Staat und Recht 1735 (1972).

Enderlein, F., "Die VI. Tagung der UNCITRAL," Aussenwirtschaft, Heft 10-11 (1973).

Enderlein F., & Rudolph, H., "Zur Gründung der UN Kommission für Internationales Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL)," Recht in der Aussenwirtschaft 5 (1967).

Farnsworth, E. A., "UNCITRAL and the Progressive Development of International Trade," Law and International Trade; Festschrift für Clive M. Schmitthoff 145 (Frankfurt a.M.: Athenäum, 1973).

Farnsworth, E.A., "UNCITRAL: Why? What? How? When?," 20 American Journal of Comparative Law 314 (1972).

Giuliano, "Le Nazioni Unite e il diritto commerciale internazionale," 25 Communita internazionale 520 (1970).

Gondra Romero, J.M., "La moderna 'Lex mercatoria' y la unificacion del comercio internacional," 30 Revista de Derecho Mercantil 7 (1973).

Herber, R., "Die Arbeiten des Ausschusses der Vereinten Nationen für internationales Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL)," 20 Aussenwirtschaftsdienst des Betriebs-Beraters 577 (1974).

Herber, R., "Die Arbeiten des Ausschusses der Vereinten Nationen für Internationales Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL)," 22 Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft 125 (1976).

Herber, R., "Die Arbeiten des Ausschusses der Vereinten Nationen für internationales Handelsrecht (UNCITRAL)," 23 Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft 314 (1977).

Kearney, R.D., "The United States and International Cooperation to Unify Private Law," 5 Cornell International Law Journal 1 (1972).

Lemontey, J "Bilan des travaux de la Commission des Nations Unies pour le droit commercial international," 100 Journal du droit interational 859 (1973).

Ortiz Martin, G., "Derecho internacional privado y las Naciones Unidas," 25 Revista Espanola de Derecho Internacional 163 (1972).

Rosenstock, R., "UNCITRAL -- a Sound Beginning," 62 American Journal of International Law 935 (1968).

Ryan, K.W., International Trade Law (Sydney: Sydney Law Book. Company, 1975).

Schmitthof, C M., "New thrust towards a global trade law," International Trade Forum (February 1969).

Singh, N., "Introduction of the Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on the Work of Its 1971 Session," 12 Indian Journal of International Law 154 (1972).

Starke, J.G., "United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)," 47 Australian Law Journal 52 (1973).

Stavropoulos, C.A., "The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law," 4 U.N. Monthly Chronicle 89 (April 1967).

"UNCITRAL 1975," 10 Journal of World Trade Law 157 (1976).

"UNCITRAL 1976-77," 12 Journal of World Trade Law 180 (1978).

"UNCITRAL: Sixth Session (2-13 April 1973)," 21 American Journal of Comparative Law 823 (1973).

"Unification of the Law of International Trade: Progress Reflected in UNCITRAL's Sixth Session (1973)," 13 Indian Journal of International Law 314 (1973).

Vilus, J., "Komisija UN za medunarodno trgovinsko pravo i njen odnos prema drugim medunarodnim organizacijama koje se bave pitanjima medunarodnog trgovinskog prava" (in Serbo Croatian, with an English summary: "United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and Its Relations With Other International Organizations Active in the Field of International Trade Law)," 20 Jugoslovenska Revija za Medunarodno Pravo 254 (1973).


FOOTNOTES

* This bibliographic compilation and those following the specific topics in this Symposium have drawn on existing compilations, including those in the UNCITRAL Yearbooks: I Yearbook 229; II, 148; III, 311; IV, 229; V, 242; VI, 298; VII, 321; VIII, 311. The bibliographies herein do not include items in languages read by few Westerners (e.g. Japanese, Finnish, Russian); scholars with wider language gifts, and those seeking references on topics not included in this Symposium (e.g. documentary credits, products liability) should consult the Yearbooks and other compilations cited herein. See also: Report of Secretary-General, "Survey of Bibliographies Relating to International Trade Law," II Yearbook 143-148 (Prof. C. Szladits, Consultant).

Valuable assistance in preparing this bibliographic material was given by Marta Tarnawsky, Assistant Librarian, Foreign and International Law, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania.

1. For further bibliographic material see: Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht. Aufsatzdokumentation zur Privatrechtsvergleichung, Privatrechtsvereinheitlichung sowie zum internationalen Privatrecht und ausländischen Privatrecht. Eine Bibliographie der Jähre 1968-1972 (Tübingen: Mohr, 1975). For more recent material see e.g. id., Eine Bibliographie des Jahres 1975-1976 (Hamburg, 1977).


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