Thursday, April 1, 2010
Should the U.S. Become a Party to the Inter-American Convention on the Law Applicable to International Contracts?
The U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Private International Law announced a public meeting in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2010 of the Study Group for the Organization of American States Specialized Conference on Private International Law (CIDIP). This is a meeting of just the study group and not the full advisory committee on Public International Law.
The meeting is to discuss several proposals concerning consumer rights as part of the committee’s program on private international law. One proposal is a revised Brazilian draft convention on applicable law that was recently expanded to include jurisdiction. Another proposal is a U.S. proposal for legislative guidelines or model rules to promote consumer redress mechanisms such as small claims tribunals, collective procedures, and on-line dispute resolution.
The meeting will also include consideration of whether the United States should pursue ratification of theInter-American Convention on the Law Applicable to International Contracts (known as the Mexico City Convention). You can click here to read the text of that treaty. The treaty entered into force in 1996 when Mexico became the second country to ratify it. The only other party to the treaty appears to be Venezuela, which ratified the treaty in 1995. Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay have signed the treaty but have not yet ratified it.
Teleconferencing will be available for those who cannot attend the meeting in person. Click here to read more in the official Federal Register Notice.
Hat tip to the ABA Government Affairs Office