Henry Gabriel, professor of law
(336) 279-9360 / hgabriel@elon.edu

Henry GabrielHenry Gabriel has spent the last two decades engaged in the development of uniform commercial laws, both domestically and globally. Gabriel, a life member of the Uniform Law Commission, has served that organization for 21 years, having been appointed a commissioner by the Louisiana Legislature for 17 years, and serving the State of North Carolina for the last five by appointment of the governor. Closely involved with the Uniform Commercial Code, he was the reporter for the revisions of the sales and lease provisions of the Code as well as the chair of the committee to revise the articles governing documents of title. He also served on the drafting committee of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Appointed by successive presidential administrations, Gabriel serves as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law where he has worked on international trade laws for electronic commerce and transport documents. He also advises the U.S. State Department as a member of the Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, and he is an elected member of Rome’s Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). He is a Fellow of the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He recently addressed the relationship between agricultural finance and food security at a meeting of the International Law Institute and at a roundtable sponsored by the World Bank.

The former Devan Daggett Professor of Law at Loyola University, Gabriel has authored nine books and more than 50 law review articles. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 federal appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Gabriel has significant international experience as a visiting professor at law schools around the world. He has taught international commercial law at Catholic University of Portugal, Kyushu University in Japan, University of Padua in Italy and the University of Lapland in Finland. Gabriel has also held visiting professorships at the International Islamic University of Malaysia and at Victoria University, University of Queensland, Monash University, Murdoch University and Deakin University in Australia. He has also served as a visiting professor at Tulane University and the University of the Pacific.


“The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Law,” Proceedings of the International Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Conference of the Federal Courts of Australia (University of Sydney Press, 2010)

The Advantages of Soft Law in International Commercial Law: The Role of UNIDROIT, UNCITRAL and the Hague Conference, 34 Brook. J. Int. L. 665 (2009)

Electronic Commerce in International Law: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going, Intl. Trade and Bus. L. Rev. (2011)

Contracts for the Sale of Goods: A Comparison of U.S. and International Law, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2008)


Henry Gabriel elected to third term on UNIDROIT governing council

Henry Gabriel advances scholarship on uniform commercial law

Henry Gabriel publishes and presents globally on international commercial law

Henry Gabriel represents U.S. at international meetings on electronic commerce, risk management, and securitization

Henry Gabriel advances international law on multiple fronts

Henry Gabriel appointed to ABA's International and Domestic Policy Advisory Group

Henry Gabriel presents on international law, food security, and agricultural finance

Henry Gabriel presents on Intermediated Securities at American Society of International Law meeting

Henry Gabriel speaks on international commercial law in Sydney

Henry Gabriel delivers keynote address at Conference on Transnational Commercial Law in South Africa

Henry Gabriel helps to shape the future of international commercial law at meetings in Rome, Santa Fe, London, and Washington, D.C.

Henry Gabriel reelected to UNIDROIT council