Promoting Commercial Law Reform in Eastern Europe

01 Jan 2010

This article is my account of what I did in a decade of advising governments and teaching judicial seminars on commercial law matters in Central and Eastern Europe, beginning in 1991. This article contains my individual reflections on more than a dozen visits to developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe to advise governments and to educate their judges, and several visits of judges from some of those countries to the United States. In many ways, my experiences are typical of United States judges who have done the same kind of work in developing countries. In some ways, my experiences are unique. A review of these experiences offers a window on the legal development of developing countries for the past ten or twelve years and on what United States bankruptcy judges have contributed to that effort.