It has been nearly 15 years since the last AALS Conference on Commercial Law was held in 1990. To say that the commercial law landscape has changed in the interim would be an understatement. Most obvious among these developments have been the various new and amended articles of the Uniform Commercial Code that have been approved by ALI and NCCUSL and enacted in many states since 1990. A less obvious but arguably more important change has been the shift in the role of the UCC in the commercial law curriculum. The UCC’s status as the unchallenged centerpiece of every commercial law course has been gradually eroding to account for new realities such as technology, globalization and the emerging impact of non-UCC private lawmaking in a number of commercial law spheres.
In traditional commercial law courses, new topics have been supplanting some of the standard mainstays. In payment law courses, more time is being devoted to subjects such as securitization and electronic fund transfers, and less time is being spent on purely paper-based systems of payment. In sales courses today, students are as likely to focus on the effects of “Clickwrap” agreements as they are the “Battle of the Forms.” In addition to changes within traditional UCC courses, many schools in the last 15 years have seen the emergence of entirely new courses in their commercial law curriculum such as e-commerce or international business transactions.
Commercial law scholarship has also changed significantly over the past decade and a half. Beyond the impact of technology and globalization that has so transformed the commercial law curriculum, scholarship in this area has also been affected by the influence of empirical work and interdisciplinary trends. Factual assumptions that underlie many longstanding doctrinal principles are now being regularly tested by empiricists across a number of commercial law sub-specialties. In the interdisciplinary realm, the fields of cognitive psychology and behavioral economics have proven to be particularly fruitful sources for commercial law scholars to bring new insights to bear on longstanding tensions in the field.
Not only have we seen many new developments in teaching and scholarship since the last Commercial Law Conference, but the players within the commercial law academy have changed as well. This conference will provide an opportunity for veteran commercial law teachers to meet some of their new colleagues in the field, for newcomers to learn more about the authors of the casebooks they have been using, and for old friends in the field to re-connect. An added bonus of this conference is that it will be held concurrently with the Conference on Contracts, and will include two joint sessions with the Contracts Conference as well as one joint luncheon. We hope you will join us.
-Planning Committee for AALS
Conference on Commercial
Law at the Crossroads
Susan Block-Lieb, Fordham University
Daniel Louis Keating, Washington University, Chair
Ronald J. Mann, The University of Texas
Veryl Victoria Miles, The Catholic University of America
Charles W. Mooney, Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Who Should Attend?
Teachers and members of AALS Sections on Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Contracts, Consumer Law, Corporations, Creditors and Debtors’ Rights, Financial Institutions, Intellectual Property, Law and Economics, Real Estate Transactions and Remedies will find this conference of interest.
When Is This Conference?
The conference will begin on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, with registration at 5:00 p.m., followed by three days of plenary sessions and small group discussions. The conference will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2005. In addition to the program sessions, a reception will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening and luncheons will be held each day.
Where Is This Conference?
The conference sessions and sleeping accommodations will be at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, 1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, Quebec H3B 2L7 Canada. The room rate is CAD225.00 (US$177.00 at the time of printing) for single or double occupancy. This rate is subject to 7% Goods and Service Tax, 7.5% Provincial Sales Tax and CAD2.00 per night Tourism Tax. To make a reservation complete the Hotel Reservation Request and fax to Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel at (514) 878-3958 or call (514) 878-2000. The cut-off date for making a room reservation is May 23, 2005. Specify the AALS Mid-Year Meeting when making a reservation in order to receive the special rate. Please note that the cut-off date does not guarantee availability. To ensure accommodations, please make your hotel reservation early.
Child care can be arranged through the hotel concierge. Neither the hotel nor AALS recommends these services but provides this information for your reference.