terça-feira, 20 de novembro de 2012

Brazilian Lawyer in Europe

I’m in a European tour, looking for the roots of international commercial law. First week in Vienna, second one in London. The two powerhouses of civil law and common law.

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Vienna is and has been for many years an important city for International Law. From imperial times, as the seat of one of the most powerful monarchies in Europe and the host of the conference that would remap Europe after the Napoleonic Wars (Congress of Vienna of 1814), to present times as the city of one of the three main United Nations Headquarters (which I will visit but more on that later), Vienna is the birthplace of many institutions, conferences and treaties.

In the specific case of the UN’s units, the choice for Vienna was marked mainly by the circumstances of the time of its establishment, in 1980. The fact that Austria was a neutral state during the Cold War combined with its location right on the edge of the Iron Curtain made it a great settlement for the UN in such conflictuous times.

Vienna is today the home of 15 UN-related offices, such as the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other 20 international organizations such as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

In future posts, we will talk more about UNCITRAL and the many conventions it has suggested and, effectively, succeeded in implementing.

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