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CONVERSATIONS ON CONVERGENCE
SMU SCHOOL OF LAW 8-9 DECEMBER 2016
Professor Yeo Tiong Min SC (Hon) Dean, School of Law, Singapore Management University
Professor Yeo Tiong Min SC (honoris causa) obtained postgraduate qualifications from the University of Oxford after completing undergraduate law studies at the National University of Singapore, where he had taught before being appointed the first Yong Pung How Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University when its School of Law was established in 2007. Currently Dean of the School, he maintains research interests in private international law, equity, restitution and contract law
Professor Ralf Michaels Duke University School of Law
Ralf Michaels is an expert in comparative law and conflict of laws, and a Professor at Duke University School of Law. His current research focuses mainly on three issues: the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state. He has authored numerous articles on all three topics. Michaels is the editor or co-editor of two special volumes of the American Journal of Comparative Law: "Beyond the State? Rethinking Private Law", 2008 (also published as a book) and "Legal
Origins", 2009, as well as a book and a journal issue on conflict of laws: Conflict of Laws in a Globalized World (2007); Transdisciplinary Conflicts, Law and Contemporary Problems, 2008. Michaels has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Panthon/Assas (Paris II), Princeton, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and the London School of Economics. He has also held senior research fellowships at Harvard and Princeton, as well as the American Academy in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg. In 2015, he gave a number of lectures on private international law at The Hague Academy for International Law. Professor Geraint Howells Dean, City University of Hong Kong
Professor Geraint Howells holds the position of Dean at the City University of Hong Kong and concurrently serves as the Chair Professor of Commercial Law. He is an authority in the field of consumer law writ large, with a particular interest in product liability and product safety, and has produced a voluminous body of research on these issues. Prior to taking up his current post in Hong Kong, Professor Howells held chairs at the Universities of Sheffield, Lancaster and Manchester and was offered visiting positions in Wurzburg, Munster, Paris XI, Tennessee and Sydney. He is also a member of the Board, and former President, of the International Association of Consumer Law.
Assistant Professor Mateja Durovic City University of Hong Kong
Dr Mateja Durovic is a visiting Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Belgrade, LL.Ms from the University of Cambridge and the European University Institute and was conferred his PhD by that last institution in 2014. His research interests are in the field of commercial law, arbitration law, consumer and competition law. His monograph, European law on Unfair Competition and Contract Law, will be published in 2016 (Hart Publishing).
Mr. Andrew Godwin Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne
Andrew Godwin is Senior Lecturer, Director of Transactional Law, Director of Banking and Finance Law, and Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School. Andrew has been involved in legal practice for over 20 years, 10 of which were spent in Shanghai where he was a partner and chief representative of an international law firm. During his time in practice, Andrew acted in a wide range of finance transactions and also in the area of cross-border merger and acquisition projects. Andrews interests include finance and insolvency law, transactional law, financial regulation, the regulation of the legal profession and professional
and transactional skills for lawyers. Andrew is the author of a critically acclaimed bilingual book that examines Chinese and English legal terminology and concepts: China Lexicon. He is also a regular contributor to academic and professional publications and consults extensively to the profession and regulators, both in Australia and overseas, in the area of regulation, regulatory design, professional training and risk and compliance. He is currently acting as consultant to the World Bank in the area of financial institution insolvency and to the Judicial College of Victoria in the area of cultural awareness in the courts. Professor Alexander Loke City University of Hong Kong
Alexander Loke is a Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He took his undergraduate law degree from NUS (Hons) and holds postgraduate degrees from Columbia. Professor Lokes research interests lie in the fields of contract law, international business transactions and corporate finance and securities regulations. He is one of the General Editors of a new and highly anticipated book series entitled Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia (Oxford University Press). The first volume, Remedies for Breach of Contract, was published in early 2016 and the second installment, entitled Formation and Third Party Beneficiaries, will be available in 2017.
Mr. Luca Castellani UNCITRAL Regional Centre, Seoul
Luca Castellani is the secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce). After graduating in law in the University of Torino, he received a doctoral degree in comparative law from the University of Trieste and a master in international law from New York University. He was admitted to the bar in Italy and held research lecturing positions in Italy (Universit del Piemonte Orientale) and Eritrea (University of Asmara). He joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the secretariat of the United Nations in New York in 2001, working at its Treaty Section, and moved to its International Trade Law Division (discharging the functions of UNCITRAL secretariat) in Vienna, Austria, in 2004. Eventually, he was tasked with the promotion of the adoption and uniform interpretation of UNCITRAL texts relating to sale of goods and electronic commerce. From
March 2012 to November 2013 he was assigned as first Head of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNCITRAL RCAP), located in Incheon, Republic of Korea. He has published in the fields of international trade law and comparative law, dealing, in particular, with sale of goods, electronic commerce and trade law reform in developing countries. Professor Masami Okino Tokyo University
Professor Okino Masami completed her LL.B. at University of Tokyo and her LL.M. at University of Virginia. She joined University of Tokyo as a faculty member in 2010. She is the author of Consumer Contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Japan (Journal of the Japan-Netherlands Institute) and Regulating Contract Formation (The Journal of Private Law). She is also the co-author of Bankruptcy Law (co-authored with Prof. Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Tadashi Nakanishi, Masatoshi Kasai and Hironori Mizumoto) and contributed to the book Trustees Duty Loyalty as a Default Rule, in Future of Civil Law, Formation of Contracts.
Ms. Sanchita Basu Das ISEAS
Ms Sanchita Basu Das is the lead researcher for economic affairs as the ISEAS ASEAN Studies Centre. She for holds concurrent duties as the coordinator of the Singapore APEC Study Centre and co-editor of Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (formerly the ASEAN Economic Bulletin). Prior to joining the Institute in 2005, she was an economist in the private sector involved in infrastructure consulting, manufacturing and banking. Sanchita holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and an MA from the Delhi School of Economics (under University of Delhi), India. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in International Political Economy at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Sanchita has authored and edited numerous books and book chapters, policy papers and opinion articles. Her research interests include - economic regionalism in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region; international trade; and economic development issues like connectivity
Professor Andreas Engert Universitt Mannheim
Professor Andreas Engert is a Professor of Private Law, German and European Business Law and Business Tax Law at the University of Mannheim. Andreas Engert completed his First State Exam in Law at the University of Tbingen in 1997 and his Second State Exam (bar exam equivalent) in 1999. He earned an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago School of Law in 2000 and a Doctorate in Law (Dr. jur.) at the University of Munich in 2003. Andreas Engert has taught at the University of Munich, the University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and as a guest
professor at the University of Florida. His research interests lie in corporation and financial markets law as well as business taxation, all with a special emphasis on economic and empirical perspectives. He has among other topics written extensively on corporate finance law, European corporation law, investment fund regulation and law and social norms. Professor Fabrizio Cafaggi European University Institute
Fabrizio Cafaggi, professor of private law university of Trento ( on leave), professor of regulation school of national administration, co-director of the center for judicial cooperation. Scientific coordinator of the project on fundamental rights and judicial dialogue ACTIONES. Founding member of the European Law Institute, member of the American Law Institute, Correspondent of Unidroit. His main research fields are tr