Ron Brand and Harry Flechnter in Germany and Slovakia
On November 2-4, 2007, Professor Ronald A. Brand was an invited speaker at a conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, on “Economic Law as an Economic Good: Its Rule Function and its Tool Function in the Competition of Systems.” Professor Brand spoke on “Competition in the Harmonization of Private Law.” The conference was sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation, and the resulting papers will be published in a book by Beck Verlag publishers and edited by Professors Karl Meessen, Marc Bungenberb, and Adelheid Puttler. On November 5-9, 2007, Professors Ronald A. Brand and Harry M. Flechtner presented a 30 hour course on International Commercial Law and International Business Transactions to a group of U.S. Steel lawyers from Slovakia, Serbia, and the United States at the facilities of U.S. Steel Košice in Medzev, Slovakia. The program included coverage of the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the impact of price-delivery terms in transnational contracts, export-import contract issues, financing with letters of credit, contracts with sovereign parties, legislation regarding corrupt business practices, and the application of public international law to transactions involving private parties. Throughout the week of classes, the subjects covered were related directly to the standard terms and conditions used by U.S. Steel Košice in their sales and purchase transactions, with focused discussion of the language in specific clauses. This was the third in a series of courses arranged for US Steel lawyers in Slovakia and Serbia through Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE).