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Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law

Friday, April 1, 2016Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, President & Executive Director, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade

Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, President & Executive Director, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade

"Cuba & Iran: A Look at Global Trade and Development"



Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, Founding Director & Director of Research, at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT) and Evo DeConcini Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona has over 40 years of experience working in areas and issues related to international, banking and commercial law.  He has extensive experience as an advisor and team leader to governments and international organizations. Dr. Kozolchyk is an internationally recognized expert and scholar in commercial and international law, specializing in banking law and practices, secured transactions and registries, letters of credit, and other instruments of commerce. His latest book, Latin American Company Law: A Comparative and Economic Development PerspectiveVol. 1 (2013) explores ways to create a better understanding of Latin America's company law as a tool for harnessing development capital, local and foreign, and for developing a broader class of traders, investors, lenders and corporate managers.

His works include Comparative Commercial Contracts: Law, Culture and Economic Development (2014), La Contratación Comercial En El Derecho Comparado (2006), Transparency and Truth in Latin American Banking (2001) (co-editor, with Mina Goldberg, Billie Kozolchyk, & Timothy Baker, and author of Forewordxxi). Dr. Kozolchyk has published over a dozen scholarly articles in Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law,  as well as with Brooklyn Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business and others.

A full list of Dr. Kozolochyk’s publications can be found here:


Dr. Kozolchyk will offer an explanation of why NatLaw, the international commercial law research and drafting Center, has been so successful in having more than a dozen secured transactions laws and registry regulations adopted by Latin American and African nations. He will examine key aspects of our comparative contextual methodology, including proven biological and cultural assumptions, empirical field studies on the actual state of the law and practice in the developing country in questions and official statistical information that attests to the success of the enactments.

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The Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law honors F. Blaine Sloan for developing the international law studies program at Pace. A member of the United Nations Legal Office for three decades and Director of the General Legal Division, Professor Sloan has contributed significantly to the development of private and public international law. He represented the Secretary General at the 1978 UN Conference on the Carriage of Goods by Sea; at the sessions from 1969–1978 of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); and at the 1966–1978 sessions of the Legal Sub-Committee on the Peaceful uses of Outer Space. His UN service involved him in that organization’s work on Vietnam, relief for Palestinian refugees, peacekeeping in the Middle East, the UN Commission on Korea, and as Legal Advisor to Security Council sessions in Africa and Latin America.


Professor Blaine Sloan joined the Pace Law School faculty in 1979 and taught International Law. For many years Professor Blaine Sloan was associated with the United Nations Legal Office as Director of the General Legal Division and as Deputy to the Under Secretary General. While with the United Nations he was on various peacekeeping and refugee foreign mission assignments in the Middle East and Korea. He was legal advisor to the Security Council in meetings away from headquarters and Representative of the Secretary-General at meetings of the Legal Sub-committee on Outer Space and the International Trade Law Commission. (UNCITRAL). He published many articles on international law and organization, including a widely quoted article on General Assembly resolutions. His book, General Assembly Resolutions in Our Changing World, was published in 1991. He was also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.

The Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law honors Blaine Sloan, former Professor Emeritus of International Law and Organization at Pace Law School, for developing the international law studies program at Pace. Professor Sloan passed away on April 12, 2012. You can read more about him and his legacy in this memorial lecture.


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