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Published in J. Herbots editor / R. Blanpain general editor, International Encyclopaedia of Laws - Contracts, Suppl. 29 (December 2000) 1-192. Reproduced with permission of the publisher Kluwer Law International, The Hague.

excerpt from

The 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts
for the International Sale of Goods

Joseph Lookofsky
University of Copenhagen

The Author

Joseph Lookofsky is Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Professor Lookofsky was born in New York, U.S.A. He received his B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University in 1967 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1971. He became a member of the New York State Bar that year and worked as an attorney for United Artists Corporation, specializing in contract and copyright law.

In 1973 Professor Lookofsky married a Dane and moved to Denmark where he became a consultant to Danish Advocates. In 1981, upon completion of the regular 5-year law program at the University of Copenhagen, he received the cand.jur. degree.

In 1981 Professor Lookofsky became a Fellow (stipendiat) at the University of Copenhagen Law Faculty; he became a full-time member of the Law Faculty in 1982. In 1989 - upon publication and defence of his thesis 'Consequential Damages in Comparative Context' - he was awarded the dr.jur. degree. His other published works (in Danish and English) cover such topics as Danish contracts and sales law, international contracts and sales, private international law, comparative commercial law and international commercial arbitration.

In 1992 Professor Lookofsky was appointed to his present chair in Private and Commercial Law (Formueret). He is in charge of the second year required course in Obligations as well as various related upper-level elective courses. He lectures on the law of contracts and sales, product liability, private international law, commercial arbitration and comparative commercial law. In 1998 Professor Lookofsky was named Teacher of the Year (Årets Underviser) at the Copenhagen Law Faculty.

Professor Lookofsky has lectured on the CISG and other international commercial law topics for the Danish Bar Association (Advokatsamfund), the Duke University Law School in North Carolina, the University of Bologna (Facoltá di Giurisprudenza), the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht), the Duke University Summer Institute in Transnational Law, and the Cornell-Paris I (Sorbonne) Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law.

Professor Lookofsky is Secretary General of the Danish Committee for Comparative Law (Association Internationale des Sciences Juridiques).[page 3]


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