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Officers of the Institute
Vikki M. Rogers
Vikki Rogers is the Director of the Institute of International Commercial Law at Pace Law School.
Vikki’s areas of expertise are alternative dispute resolution, including online dispute resolution (ODR) and international commercial arbitration, as well as international commercial law, primarily international sales law. She is responsible for maintaining the award-winning online CISG Database (www.cisg.law.pace.edu). She also represents the IICL as an NGO observer in Working Group II and III at UNCITRAL, and is an expert adviser at UNCITRAL for Working Group III on ODR. Vikki is an editor of the UNCITRAL CISG Digest and sits on the editorial boards for the Journal of Online Dispute Resolution and the Journal of Technology in International Arbitration. She is also a fellow at the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution and an invited member to the ODR Taskforce at the International Mediation Institute, co-chairing a sub-group.
Over the last few years Vikki developed and now manages online certificate programs on ADR and ICL including the IICL online Certificate Program on International Commercial Law and International Alternative Dispute Resolution (http://law.pace.edu/IICL-certificate-program). In 2013, she launched the first global online pre-moot to help prepare students for the Vis Moot competition.
Prior to working at Pace, Vikki practiced law in NY and Germany, focusing on construction law arbitration and litigation, both domestic and international. She was also an international case manager at the ICDR at the AAA in New York, and have worked as a research fellow at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne in Germany.
She currently teaches a CISG seminar, the International Trade Externship and an International Arbitration Advocacy class at Pace Law School.
Eric E. Bergsten
Deputy Director and Emeritus Professor of Law
Administrator, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Eric Bergsten, deputy director of the institute, helped create the UN Sales Convention. He headed the team responsible for the Secretariat Commentary on it that was prepared pursuant to Resolution 33/93 of the United Nations General Assembly, and was thereafter Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law from 1985 to 1991. A Professor of Law Emeritus at Pace University School of Law, he is editor of the four volume looseleaf text International Commercial Arbitration (Oceana). For full resume >> click here.
Albert H. Kritzer
Executive Secretary and Adjunct Professor of Law
Albert Kritzer, the Institute's executive secretary, was International Sales Counsel for the General Electric Company and is editor of the International Contract Manual (Kluwer). Recipient of the 1998 Award for Distinction in International Affairs of the New York State Bar Association, his presence on the staff of the Institute is in keeping with Willem Vis' vision: to join the talents of practitioners with the expertise of academic and UN personnel in projects that benefit the world trade community.
Willem C. Vis was the first director of the Institute until his untimely death in 1993. He headed the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law when the UN Sales Convention came into being and served as Executive Secretary of the Vienna Diplomatic Conference on the CISG. The Vis International Moot is named in his honor.
Nicholas Triffin. Until his death, Professor Triffin was the second director of the Institute. He was Director of the Pace Law Library, editor of Law Books in Print, and author of Legal Research Through Computers and Factual Research for Lawyers in Practical Research for Lawyers in the Information Age.
Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger served as the third director of the Institute. Prior to that he served for five years as Dean of Pace Law School, retiring in July 1999. Prior to becoming Dean, he taught environmental law at Pace for ten years. For sixteen years he was a member of Congress, serving as a member of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee. He was a founding staff member of the U.S. Peace Corps.