Professor Kozolchyk Inaugurates 'Academic Leader' Series at Guadalajara Law Faculty
The Law Faculty of the Guadalajara campus of Mexico’s prestigious Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) has invited Dr. Boris Kozolchyk to inaugurate its distinguished Academic Leaders series of programs. The invitation to Kozolchyk was extended by Provost Dr. Daniel Moska in Guadalajara. Kozolchyk is Evo DeConcini Professor of Law at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, Founder and President of the Tucson-based National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, and an internationally recognized authority on international banking and commercial law. Previously, in June 2006, ITESM in Guadalajara honored Kozolchyk by naming a legal research clinic after him as well as the law student chapter there of the U.S.-Mexican Bar Association.
Kozolchyk will visit ITESM on August 11 - 14, 2008. During that time, he will hold a master class on legal challenges facing international commerce with particular attention to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to practices related to customs requirements and to documentary credits. He will also conduct two seminars for law faculty members, teach several classes, and be the guest of honor at a luncheon on August 13. Subjects he will address include judicial and extra-judicial resolution of international commercial disputes, principles that guide interpretation of commercial contracts as well as the United Nations (UN) Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit. Kozolchyk was himself one of the drafters of that Convention.
Kozolchyk is a legal scholar with a well-known expertise in drafting proposed commercial legislation and international conventions. Among his many public service activities, Kozolchyk has been a member of the United States delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS) for work on private international law, especially related to harmonizing secured transactions law and choice of law on contractual disputes; to the UN Commission on Uniform Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for standby letters of credit and bank guarantee; and U.S. Council on International Banking representative to the International Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the Center that he founded and heads works to harmonize laws and practices to facilitate trade and investment in the Americas, and to promote economic development.