Elon Law scholar recognized for contributions to comparative law

Professor Henry Gabriel's election to the International Academy of Comparative Law highlighted a busy summer that included an appointment by the U.S. Department of State, paper presentations around the nation, and teaching in China.

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel was recently elected to the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Established in the Hague in 1924 and based in Paris, the International Academy of Comparative Law is the oldest and most influential international academic association in the field of comparative law. Composed exclusively of highly qualified scholars from around the world working in the field of comparative law, the Academy aims to promote research, publications, and international cooperation in comparative law.

Gabriel has also been appointed by the United States Department of State to the United States Delegation to the Diplomatic Conference on the adoption of the new Protocol on Mining, Agricultural, and Construction Equipment to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment.

Representatives from more than 50 countries are expected at the Diplomatic Conference, which will be held in November in Pretoria, South Africa. The Cape Town Convention, which has been ratified by the United States, provides for international secured financing of aircraft, space assets and rolling stock. The new protocol will extend the range of assets covered by the convention.

Additional Accomplishments and Presentations

A member of the Governing Council of the Rome-based multinational International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, Gabriel was recently appointed by that organization to chair the drafting of a Model Law on International Factoring. He brings to this project his extensive background in international secured finance.

He recently presented papers at the Tulane University School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and the Kuwait Graduate Law School. He taught a summer course in common law contract law at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing China and a course on American tort law at Jinan University in Guangzhou China.