César Pires

César Pires has a PhD in Commercial Law from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (general topic of the PhD thesis: International Sale of Goods). He conducted his research at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and was a visiting researcher at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne. He was a visiting researcher at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome and today he is a UNIDROIT Alumni member. He is a Lawyer with almost 20 years of experience, Arbitrator, and Researcher at JusGov-Centre for Justice and Governance (University of Minho). He was Teaching Assistant for 18 years of Commercial Law, International Private Law and Civil Law at the University Lusófona of Porto. César was Deputy Mayor for Tourism, Environment, Traffic, and Handicraft at the Municipality of Barcelos (Portugal) and Vice President of the Consumer Arbitration Court (“CIAB-Tribunal Arbitral de Consumo”).

Advisory Board

Ulrich Schroeter (*)

Ulrich Schroeter is a full professor of private and comparative law at the University of Basel. He teaches and publishes on topics of commercial law, contract law, international trade law, arbitration, treaty law and financial markets regulation. Much of his current writing deals with the 1980 Vienna Sales Convention (CISG). His works have been cited by courts in Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America as well as by Advocates General at the European Court of Justice. Prior to taking up his position in Basel in 2017, Ulrich was a professor of law at the University of Mannheim (Germany) where he held the Chair for Private Law, International Corporate and Financial Markets Law, European Business Law (2012–2017).

Gizem Alper (*)

Gizem Alper has earned her Ph.D. in private law from Istanbul University and she is a licensed attorney in New York and Turkey (Istanbul). She has amassed experience as legal advisor and legal expert in international commercial and corporate law matters. She works for the Institute of International Commercial Law at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (NY), where her work is focused on international arbitration and international sales law, particularly the CISG. She serves as secretary for the Committee on Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws at the New York City Bar.

Anabela Gonçalves

Anabela Gonçalves is currently Vice President and Associate Professor at the University of Minho Law School. She is also Member of the Scientific Council of the Law School, Member of the Law Degree Course Committee, Member of the of the LLM’s European and Transglobal Business Law Steering Committee. Researcher of Jus-Gov – Research Center for Justice and Governance. Member of the International Law Association. Member of the European Society of International Law. Appointed external expert of the European Commission to assess the projects submitted to the European Commission under JUSTICE program, including projects submitted in the context of judicial cooperation in civil matters, since 2015.

Ingeborg Schwenzer

Ingeborg Schwenzer is the former Dean of Swiss International Law School, Professor emerita of Private Law at the University of Basel/Switzerland and Adjunct Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia. Ingeborg Schwenzer has published numerous books and more than 200 articles in the fields of law of obligations (contracts, tort law and unjust enrichment, sales law both domestic and international), commercial arbitration as well as family law. She is the editor and main contributor of the world’s leading Commentary on the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (4th edition, Oxford, OUP: 2016) and its German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish counterparts. Until 2018, Ingeborg Schwenzer has been chair of the CISG Advisory Council.

Pilar Perales Viscasillas

Pilar Perales Viscasillas is the Chair of Commercial Law at Carlos III University of Madrid. National and international arbitrator. Member of the Board of Directors of MAPFRE SA. She is co-editor of several books related to international commercial contracts and arbitration (v.g., S.Kröll/L.A.Mistelis/P.Perales Viscasillas, UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Commentary. C.H.Beck-Hart-Nomos, 2018). She is a Member of the CISG Advisory Council and Council Rapporteur of Opinion No. 4. She was an observer in the Working Group for the preparation of the third and fourth editions of the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts. Director of the Moot Madrid, and co-Director of the Master on International Advocacy.

Loukas Mistelis

Loukas Mistelis is an acknowledged authority on international dispute resolution, investment treaty law and transnational commercial law. In 2006 he was listed as one of the “leading lights in international arbitration”, 45 under 45, amongst the top 15 highlighted members of the list, is listed on the Who’s Who Commercial Arbitration since 2007 as a global thought leader and was the recipient of the GAR Award for best arbitration lecture of 2013. Loukas Mistelis is the Clive M Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration, former Director of the School of International Arbitration, and Director of the QMUL-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

Jorge Sinde Monteiro

Jorge Sinde Monteiro is full professor (“Professor Catedrático”) at the University of Coimbra. He teaches and publishes on topics of Law of Obligations and has participated in a variety of colloquiums and study groups, both in Portugal and abroad, mostly in the law of civil liability. In June 2000 he organized in Coimbra an International Symposium on A Civil Code For Europe. He was National Co-ordinator of the European Civil Code Group (Osnabrück), Member of the European Tort Law Group (Tilburg-Vienna), Co-ordinator, for Portugal, of the RTN Project “Fundamental Rights and Private Law in the European Union” (September 2002-October 2006).

Edgardo Muñoz

Edgardo Muñoz is Professor of Law at Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico. After completing his law studies in Mexico and France, Edgardo obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, a second Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of California Berkeley, in the United States, and a Doctor of Laws (Ph.D.) degree, summa cum laude, from Basel University, in Switzerland. Before becoming full time faculty at Universidad Panamericana, Edgardo spent several years working in Switzerland within the international arbitration and sports law group of a leading law firm, as well as at the Global Sales Law project led by Prof. Ingeborg Schwenzer of Basel University. 

Nádia de Araújo

Nadia de Araujo is an Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She teaches the subject of Private International Law (PIL). Her research and publications are focused on International Contract Law, International Commercial Arbitration and International Judicial Cooperation. Nadia is the author of one of the leading publications on PIL in Brazil (“Direito internacional privado: teoria e prática brasileira”), already in its 9th edition. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague and participated in several projects at the Hague Conference on PIL, including in the Special Comission, whose work led to the conclusion of the 2019 Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters.”

Catarina Monteiro Pires

Catarina Monteiro Pires is Assistant Professor of International Commercial Law and Law of Obligations (current academic year) with previous teaching experience in the fields of Arbitration and Mediation, Contract Law and Commercial Law at Lisbon Law School. She is also Lawyer since 2003, with 10-year experience in the fields of corporate law and of commercial transactions and 8-year experience in the field of arbitration and dispute resolution. Arbitrator in several domestic and international arbitrations and member of several Panels of Arbitrators (China, Brazil and Portugal). Member of the executive committee of the Portuguese Bar Association (“Conselho Geral da Ordem dos Advogados”).

Nuno Manuel Pinto Oliveira

Nuno Manuel Pinto Oliveira took his first degree (“licenciatura”) at the Coimbra Law School in 1995. He was then awarded the Azeredo Perdigão Prize for the best student at Coimbra Law School in 1995. In 2000, he took his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence. In 2008 he took his “agregação” (roughly equivalent to the French “aggrégation”) at the University of Minho. In 2011, he was tenured as a full-time associate professor and, in 2016, he was tenured as a full professor of Civil Law (Contracts, Torts, Restitution) at the University of Minho. In November 2018, he has been nominated Justice at the Portuguese Supreme Court. 

(*) The Editor of the CISG Portugal publicly expresses his gratitude for the support received from Ulrich Schroeter and Gizem Alper (initial project partners from the University of Basel and the Pace University).

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