Fordham Law

Society Hosts Loukas Mistelis, Leading Scholar in International Commercial Law

April 17, 2007

Fordham's Dispute Resolution Society hosted a presentation by Professor Loukas Mistelis of Queen Mary - University of London. Professor Mistelis presented on his recent research and empirical findings as related to Multinational Corporations and Dispute Resolution. Mistelis' findings were the result of voluntary surveys sent to corporations throughout the world. Private, public, and national corporations responded. Conclusions from the survey demonstrate that a fair number of corporations have some sort of dispute resolution process in place, typically adopted for the purpose of minimizing potential dispute escalation. Survey questions about whether the advantages of dispute resolution processes outweigh the disadvantages were varied, with most corporations citing expenses and time as the most notable disadvantages. It is still partially true, however, that corporations prefer dispute resolution over litigation.

Professor Mistelis is the Clive M. Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary. He is Director of Studies of the School of International Arbitration. Mistelis currently holds the post of Secretary of the CISG-AC (Convention on Contract for the International Sale of Goods Advisory Council) and is coordinator of the Queen Mary Case Translation Programme, part of the CISG Database. He studied law at Athens (LLB) Strasbourg (Certificate in International & Comparative Human Rights); Hanover (Magister Legum Europae and Dr. iuris) and Keio (Certificate in Japanese International Trade Law). Mistelis has been a Member of the Athens Bar since 1993, and maintains a selective arbitration and consulting practice in respect of international commercial and investment disputes, secured transactions and complex contractual matters, including e-commerce and technology matters. Mistelis has also participated in a number of experts groups, including groups for the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL and UNCTAD.