Roy Goode, CBE, QC, LL B 1954, LL D (Lond) 1976,  DCL (Oxon) 2006, FBA, 1988, FRSA 1990, Barrister (IT) 1988, QC 1990, Hon Bencher, Inner Temple 1992-  , (Solr 1955-88); Hon. DSc Econ (Lond) 1996; Hon.LLD (University of East Anglia) 2003; Hon LLD (College of Law) 2011.  Distinguished Friend of Oxford 2011.  Distinguished Senior Fellow, School of Advanced Study, 2011 -   . Honorary President of Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. Knighted for services to academic law 2000.  Emeritus Professor of Law and Emeritus Fellow of St. John's College 1998- . 

Formerly: Professor of Law, Queen Mary College, 1971-73, Crowther Professor of Credit and Commercial Law, Queen Mary College, 1973-89, Founder and Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 1979-89, Dean of Fac and Head of Department of Law 1976-80, QMC/ QMW. Norton Rose Prof of English Law and Fellow, St John's College 1990-1998.  Visiting Professor, Melbourne University, 1975, Australian Commonwealth Visiting Fellow, 1975; Visiting Professor, Monash University 1984, Falconbridge Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1987; Commonwealth Banking Corporation Visiting Professor, Monash University 1988; Thyssen Visiting Professor, University of Hamburg 1999; Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, 1999; G.J. Wiarda Visiting Professor, University of Utrecht, 2003; OK Visiting International Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2014.  President of the Council of the International Postgraduate Law School, Belgrade, 2002-2005. Former Board member of London Court of International Arbitration.  Member of Committee on Consumer Credit, 1968-71 and of Monopolies and Mergers Comm 1981-86. Chairman IBA Advertising Advisory Committee, 1976-80; Chairman, Commn on lnt Commercial Practice of International Chamber of Commerce 1993-1997; Chairman, Pension Law Review Committee, 1992-93.   Chairman Exec Committee, Justice; Member of Council, Br Inst Int and Comp Law; Member, DTI Committee on Arbitration, 1985- .and of Civil and Fam Committee of Judicial Studies Board. Member of Governing Council of International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) 1988-2003 and Hon Member 2003 -  .  Hon President of the Uniform law Foundation 2003-2014.   President of the Society of Public Teachers of Law 1991-1992.  Member Commission on European Contract Law.   Member Study Group for preparation of UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (phase 3).  UK representative and Chairman or Rapporteur at various diplomatic Conferences to adopt international private law conventions.


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  • Roy Goode, Fundamental Concepts of Commercial Law: Fifty Years of Reflection (Oxford University Press 2018)
    This collection of essays reflects the author's view that commercial law draws on all those legal principles, from whatever branch of law they are drawn, which bear on the resolution of commercial disputes. Thus viewed, commercial law draws on the law of contract, tort, property, equity, trusts, unjust enrichment and corporate essays, all of which feature in the essays in this volume. The focus of the essays is on fundamental concepts, policies and problems rather than on the transient minutiae of rules. In consequence the essays continue to be cited by courts from the Supreme Court downwards even 30 years after their publication
    A collection of essays on English commercial law over the past 50+ years
    ISBN: 978-0-19-882580-7
  • Roy Goode, The Development of Transnational Commercial Law: Policies and Problems (Oxford University Press 2018)
    Many of the essays were considered ground-breaking at the time of publication and continue to be widely cited
    The first known academic course on transnational commercial law - the institutions, processes and instruments of international harmonisation - was fashioned by the author and introduced into the Oxford University postgraduate law curriculum in the mid-1990s. The present volume is a collection of essays on transnational commercial law published since that time. It is in four parts, covering a range of harmonisation issues, the role of private and public international law in instruments of harmonisation, usage and the lex mercatoria and the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes
    ISBN: 978-0-19-882581-4
  • Roy Goode, 'La Convention du Cap relative aux garanties internationales portant sur des materiels d'equipment mobiles et son Protocol Aeronautique' in Cyril-Igor Grigorieff and Vincent Correia (eds), Le droit du financement des aeronefs (Bruylant 2017)
    DOI: 97947-DROFIAE-55378-0043
    The writer is the author of the three Official Commentaries on the Convention and its three Protocols, the first of which is in its third edition and the second in its second edition.
    Examines the highly successful Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment 2001 (the Cape Town Convention) and its associated Aircraft Protocol, which provide for aircraft secured financiers, title-retention sellers and lessors a set of basic default remedies, the ability to protect their priority by registration in an International Registry based in Dublin and creditor protection in the event of the debtor's insolvency.
    ISBN: 978-2-8027-5630-9
  • Roy Goode, 'Force majeure under URDG 758' in (ed), Eppur si muove: The age of Uniform Law, Essays in honour of Michael Joachim Bonell to celebrate his 70th birthday (The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2016)
    ISBN: 978 88 86 44 93 66
  • Roy Goode, The Assignment of Pure Intangibles in the Conflict of Laws (Lloyds Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 2015)
    A critical examination of proposals for an addition to Article 14 of the EC Regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations in civil and commercial matters (Rome I) as regards the law that should govern third-party conflicts, such as those between competing assignees or between an assignee and the assignor's liquidator. The author argues that the only sensible solution in most cases is the law of the assignor's place of business.
  • Roy Goode, H Kronke and E McKendrick, Transnational Commercial Law: Text, Cases and Materials, 2nd edn (2nd edn Oxford University Press 2015)
    This work examines the nature and sources of transnational commercial law and the institutions and processes of harmonisation, followed by an analysis of many of the leading international commercial law instruments. In the second edition, which has been completely updated, it has been substantially revised and expanded
  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Railway Rolling Stock, 2nd Edition (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2014)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and the 2007 Luxembourg Protocol on railway rolling stock. Written and published pursuant to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference held in Luxembourg in February 2007. Revised and expanded in 2014
    ISBN: 88-86449-29-8
  • Roy Goode, 'Security interests in Mobile Equipment: Lawmaking Lessons from the Cape Town Convention' (2014) Adelaide Law Review 59
    An analysis of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, with its associated Protocols, and its relationship with national law and with reference to the recent ratification by Australia
    ISBN: 0065-1915
  • Roy Goode, 'The Assignment of Pure Intangibles in the Conflict of Laws' in Louise Gullifer and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial Law (2014)
    An analysis of the law applicable to the assignment of non-documentary intangibles, with particular reference to proposals for an addition to Article 14 of the EU regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) dealing with the effectiveness of an assignment on third parties and the priority of competing third-party interests
    ISBN: 9781849465496
  • Roy Goode, '“Security Interests in Mobile Equipment: Lawmaking Lessons from the Cape Town Convention” ' (2014) 35 Adelaide Law Rev 59
    The announcement by the Australian government of Australia’s intention to ratify the Cape Town Convention and its associated Aircraft Protocol provides a timely opportunity to describe the key elements of these two important international instruments adopted in November 2001 which, as will be seen later, have already attracted strong support which is steadily increasing. The Cape Town Convention has already received 61 ratifications and the Aircraft Protocol 55 ratifications. With its enactment of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth), Australia joined the many jurisdictions that have adopted a modern, functional approach to security interests based on art 9 of the United States Uniform Commercial Code and the Canadian Personal Property Security Acts. But domestic laws are not well suited to high-value equipment that moves regularly across national borders, such as aircraft objects and railway rolling stock, or to equipment that is not on Earth at all, such as satellites and other space assets. The conflict rule designating the lex situs as the applicable law does not work for objects having no fixed situs or for assets in space where no private law exists. Moreover, even if a uniform conflict rule could be devised it would not overcome major differences in national laws governing secured transactions. Hence the need for an international regime governing the creation, perfection and priority of interests in mobile equipment, with an international registry for the registration of such interests and priority rules based on the order of registration. This paper describes the key features of the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol and their relationship to national law.
    ISBN: 0065-1915
  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, 3rd Edition (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2013)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and associated Aircraft Protocol. Written and published pursunt to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference in Cape Town in November/December 2001. Revised and expanded in 2008 and in 2013
    ISBN: 88-86449-25-9
  • Roy Goode, Official Commentary on the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on Matters Specific to Space Assets (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 2013)
    A comprehensive analysis of the 2001 Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (the Cape Town Convention) and the 2012 Protocol on space assets. Written and published pursuant to a resolution of a Diplomatic Conference held in Berlin in 2012.
    ISBN: 88-86449- 21-6
  • Roy Goode, 'The Cape Town Convention and Protocols and the Conflict of Laws' in The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (ed), A Commitment to Private International Law: Essays in honour of Hans van Loon (Intersentia Publishing Ltd 2013)
    The treatment of the conflict of laws in relation to different aspects of two major and related international instruments
    ISBN: 978-1-78068-150-4
  • Roy Goode, 'The treatment of intangible assets under the Cape Town Convention and Protocols ' (2013) 2 The Cape Town Convention Journal 41
    ISBN: 2049-7628 (online)
  • Roy Goode, 'Flip Clauses - The End of the Affair?' (2012) Law Quarterly Review Sweet & Maxwell 171
    A comment on the decision of the Supreme Court in Belmont Investments Pty Ltd v BNY Corporate Trustee Services Ltd [2011] 3 WLR 521
    ISBN: 0023-933X
  • Roy Goode, 'The priority rules under the Cape Town Convention and Protocols' (2012) 1 Cape Town Convention Journal 95
    ISBN: 2049-7628 (online)
  • G Affaki and Roy Goode, Guide to the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees, URDG 758 (ICC Services Publications 2011)
    The 2010 revision of the Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees, replacing the 1992 edition, is a comprehensive rewrite which covers a range of issues not dealt with in the earlier edition and substantially increases the utility and take-up of the rules. This work, written jointly with the Chairman of the Drafting Group, provides a comprehensive analysis of URDG 758 and is much in demand.
    ISBN: 978-92-842-0078-8
  • Roy Goode, 'Perpetual Trustee and Flip Clauses in Swap Transactions' (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 1
    A case note on the Court of Appeal decision on the anti-deprivation principle of insolvency law. The case note was referred to at several points in the judgments of the Supreme Court
    ISBN: 0023-933X
  • Roy Goode, Principles of Corporate Insolvency Law (4th edn Thomson Sweet & Maxwell 2011)
    After eight years this work has taken account of much case law on corporate insolvency, major changes introduced by the Enterprise Act, a new chapter on the European Insolvency Regulation and an expanded treatment of cross-border insolvency to reflect UNCITRAL Model Law. It is one-third longer than the previous edition.
    ISBN: 0421 90450X
  • Roy Goode, 'Proprietary Liability for Secret Profits - A Reply' (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review Law Quarterly Review 493
    A reply to a case note by Justice Hayton on Sinclair Investments (UK) Ltd. v. Versailles Trade Finance Ltd
    ISBN: 0023-933X
  • Roy Goode, 'Earth, Air and Space: the Cape Town Convention and Protocols and their Contribution to International Commercial Law' in Mads Andenas and Duncan Fairgrieve (eds), Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law: A Liber Amicorum (Oxford University Press 2009)
  • Roy Goode, 'The Avoidance of Transactions in Insolvency Proceedings and Restitutionary Defences' in Andrew Burrows and Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (eds), Mapping the Law: Essays in Memory of Peter Birks (OUP 2006)
    ISBN: 0-19-920655-4
  • Roy Goode, '"The Harmonisation of dispositive contract and commercial law - should the European Community be involved?!' (2005) Mohr Siebeck Denationalisierung des Privatrechts? 19
    ISBN: 3-89971-155-6
  • Roy Goode, H Kanda, K Kreuzer and assisted by C Bernasconi, Explanatory Report on the Hague Convention on the law applicable to certain rights in respect of securities held with an intermediary (Koninklijke Brill NV 2005)
    This work is a detailed analysis of the Hague Convention on the law applicable to intermediated securities. All of those involved in its preparation played a central role in work leading to the adoption of the Convention, which deals with the conflict of laws aspects of a very important branch of financial law
    ISBN: 90-04-14836-1
  • Roy Goode, 'Rule, Practice and Pragmatism in Transnational Commercial Law ' (2005) 54 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 539
    The 2005 F A Mann lecture. Examines various aspects of transnational commercial law, including the nature of the lex mercatoria and problems of harmonisation
    ISBN: 0020-5893
  • Roy Goode, '"The International Interest as an Autonomous Property Interest"' (2004) European Review of Private Law 18
    ISBN: 0928-9801
  • Roy Goode, 'Are Intangibles Fungible?' (2003) LLP Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 379
    A slightly revised and expanded version of a contribution to the essays in honour of Bernard Rudden (see other entry)
    ISBN: 0106-2945
  • Roy Goode, 'Assignment' in Ole Lando et al (ed), Principles Of European Contract Law (Kluwer 2003)
    Chapter 11 of Part III of Principles Of European Contract Law. A Formulation of Principles and Rules Governing The Assignment of Contractual Claims, With Comments, Illustrations and Notes of Sources. For the concluding part of the PECL, I was the Rapporteur who prepared the text, which then underwent revision at meetings of the Commission on European Contract Law.
    ISBN: 90-411-1961-2
  • Roy Goode, 'Contract and commercial law: The Logic and Limits of Harmonisation' (2003) Ius Commune 1
    The 2003 G J Wiarda lecture, discussing harmonisation at the international and European level. Reproduced in International Contract Law, Molengrafica Series 2003 (ed F Willem Grosheide and Ewoud Hondius, Intersentia 2004), pp 308-324
  • Roy Goode, 'Arbitration - Should Courts Get Involved?' (2002) 2002, No. 2 Judicial Studies Institute Journal (Ireland) 33
    A slightly revised version of a paper presented at the 2002 Irish Annual Circuit Conference, it discusses to what extent arbitral awards should be subject to judicial review and compares the legislation in England and Ireland
    ISBN: 1649-1262
  • Roy Goode, 'Are Intangible Assets Fungible?' in (ed), Themes in Comparative Law in Honour of Bernard Rudden (OUP 2002)
    Challenges the accepted notions of fungibility in relation to intangibles and the notion that shares in an asset require separate identification (republished as slightly revised in LMCLQ (see separate entry)
  • Roy Goode, 'Assignment Clauses in International Contracts' (2002) 2002 No. 3/4 Forum Europeen de law Communication, International Business Law 389
    Discusses typical assignment clauses in contracts and their legal significance
    ISBN: 0295.583
  • Roy Goode, 'Europe and English Commercial Law' in B.S. Markesinis (ed), The British Contribution to the Europe of the Twenty-First Century (Hart 2002)
    Discusses The Principles Of English Commercial Law And Their Influence In Europe
    ISBN: 1-84113-276-4
  • Roy Goode, 'The Cape Town Convention on international interests in Mobile Equipment: A Driving Force for International Asset-Based Financing' (2002) VII 2002-1 UNIDROIT, Uniform Law Review 3
    Examines the significance of the Cape Town Convention on international interests in mobile equipment in providing a secure international legal regime for interests in aircraft objects, railway rolling stock and space assets, thereby reducing legal risk and borrowing costs and facilitating asset-based financing in developing countries
    ISBN: 1124-3694
  • Roy Goode, 'Insularity or Leadership? The Role of the United Kingdom in the Harmonisation of Commercial Law' (2001) 50 Oxford University Press, International & Comparative Law Quarterly 751
    Describes the major input made by the United Kingdom into the preparation of international instruments in the field of transnational commercial law but the subsequent lack of interest in ratifying them
    ISBN: 0020-5893
  • Roy Goode, 'The Role And Influence Of Non-Binding Rules In The Development Of Transnational Commercial Law' in (ed), Propos Impertinents de Droit des Affaires: Melanges en l'honneur de Christian Gavalda (Dalloz 2001)
  • Roy Goode, 'The Role of the Lex Loci Arbitri in International Commercial Arbitration' (2001) 17 No. 1 Kluwer Law International 19
    Written originally as a contribution to a collection of essays in honour of Professor Francis Reynolds this article discusses the extent to which judgments or orders of a court in the state of origin of arbitral proceedings in an international commercial arbitration should be respected by courts of the state of enforcement, and examines the theory of the delocalised arbitral award.
    ISBN: 0957 0411
  • Roy Goode, 'Usage and its reception in transnational commercial law' (1997) 46 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1
    An examination of the the nature of international trade usage, the way itis established and the question whether the lex mercatoria is anational
    ISBN: 0020-5893

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