Institute of International Commercial Law

Since its creation in 1991, the Institute of International Commercial Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University has played a fundamental role in the evolution of international commercial law and international arbitration. Lawyers, judges, arbitrators and scholars from around the world recognize this pioneering initiative of Pace Law School, in particular for its initiatives in several areas.

  • The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, founded at Pace Law and named in memory of Pace Law Professor Willem C. Vis (1924-1993). Until 2013 the Moot was directed by Pace Law Professor Emeritus Eric E. Bergsten.

    This event combines aspects of a moot competition, an academic conference and a worldwide networking event, bringing together law students, arbitrators, arbitration and international sales practitioners, and academics in both arbitration and international sales law. Over the years, many students have got their start in the world of arbitration and international commerce through participation in the Moot.
  • The award-winning Albert H. Kritzer CISG Database, created by and named in memory of Pace Law Professor Albert H. Kritzer (1928-2010).

    Built on the philosophy that free universal access to legal information contributes to peaceful cooperation among trading partners and countries, the Albert H. Kritzer CISG Database will be familiar to anyone studying or practicing international commercial law. Hosted at Pace Law and maintained by the Institute of International Commercial Law, the Database offers the world’s most current and comprehensive collection of information on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), which governs commercial transactions among most of the world’s major trading nations.
  • The Clive M. Schmitthoff Essay Competition is headed by the Pace Law Institute of International Commercial Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. The competition is open to any student at any institution of higher education anywhere in the world. Students prepare essays on a topic related to the CISG or UNIDROIT Principles, the Principles of European Contract Law or the Proposed Common European Sales Law. A $1,000 prize is awarded for the best essay, which the Institute of International Commercial Law will publish, so long as it has not already been accepted for publication elsewhere.

In addition, the Institute of International Commercial Law participates as an NGO at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the creation of legal instruments to support on-line dispute resolution systems for transnational e-commerce trade. Other activities of the Institute of International Commercial Law include on-line programs in International Commercial Law and International Dispute Resolution, on-line boot camps to prepare students for participation in the Vis Moot, a project for translation of materials related to the CISG, and pioneering work in the growing field of on-line dispute resolution. Students may take part in the activities of the CISG as summer externs or as participants in guided research projects.