Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Speaker: Professor Bruno Zeller
Professor of Transnational Commercial Law
University of Western Australia

Lecture I: Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Lecture II: Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Seminar: Thursday, 9 October 2014

The lectures and seminar will all run from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Academic Conference Room, 11th Floor, Cheng Yu Tung Tower. There will be refreshments after Lecture I.

About the lectures: Professor Zeller will explore the extent to which “good faith” is a settled national and international concept that is capable of definition. He will first outline the sources of “good faith” in national and international law. He will then examine how the term “good faith” is used in contract law as reflected in domestic instruments and the judgments of US, UK, German, and Australian courts, as well as in international instruments such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts
for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. Through such analysis, Professor Zeller will assess whether diversity in the use of the term “good faith” has made the concept so amorphous that it has lost all practical utility for the purposes of contract law.

About the speaker: In addition to teaching at the University of Western Australia, Professor Zeller is Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in Perth; Visiting Professor at the Institut für Anwaltsrecht of the Humboldt University in Berlin; and Visiting Professor at the Stetson Law School in Florida. His areas of expertise are international trade law, international arbitration, conflict of laws, and maritime law. He has published widely on CISG, arbitration law, the harmonisation of contract law, and carbon trading.

About the Hochelaga Lectures: The Hochelaga Lectures commemorate the life and interests of the anonymous donor’s father. Previous Hochelaga Lecturers have included Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin PC CStJ; Professor Gareth Jones QC; Professor Andrew Burrows QC; Professor Lawrence Lessig; Professor Martha Nussbaum; Professor K. Anthony Appiah; Professor Raul Pangalangan; Professor Madhavi Sunder; Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart; and the Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Roth of the English High Court.

The Hochelaga Lectures 2014 (including the seminar) are open to all. Those interested in attending are requested to register in advance with Ms Lydia Bute (LBUTE@HKU.HK).

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