Elon Law scholar reelected to UNIDROIT

Professor Henry Gabriel will continue his service to an intergovernmental organization based in Rome that aims to modernize and coordinate international commercial law.

Professor Henry Gabriel
Professor Henry Gabriel has been reelected to a five-year term on the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law.  

Founded in 1926, UNIDROIT is an intergovernmental organization based in Rome with 63 member countries, including the United States. UNIDROIT studies needs and methods for modernizing, harmonizing and coordinating private and, in particular, commercial law as between states and groups of states, and to formulate uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives.

Nominated by the United States government, this is Gabriel’s fourth term on the Council.

Gabriel also served in November as a United States delegate in Vienna to the UN Commission of International Trade Law. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of State because of his expertise in commercial and electronic commerce law.

In addition to representing the United States, Gabriel recently presented a paper on the new United Nations Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, and a paper at the Global Legal Skills Conference at University of Melbourne, Australia on the use of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts in the teaching of Transnational Law.

His recent publications include “UNIDROIT’s Work in Contract Farming and Land Investment in the Broader Context of Agricultural Development and Food Security” in the Uniform Law Review, and “Uniform Commercial Code Article Two Revisions: The View from the Trenches” in the Barry Law Review. 

His article “The Use of Soft Law in the Creation of Legal Norms in International Commercial Law: How Successful Has It Been?” is forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of International Law.