This book discusses the applicable law to international commercial contracts in Latin America, in particular with regard to the member states of the Mercosur. The book analyses the applicable sources of law, and tries to show how international commercial usages and customary law concur with national legislation and international conventions in providing a regulatory framework for international contracts. By doing this, the book also makes apparent the common and shared legal principles underlying all Latin American legal systems.

The object of the book is familiar to the work of various United Nations agencies and commissions, including the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNICTRAL), the United Nations Conference in Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also with the work of the Organization of American States (OAS).

More generally, the book studies areas of law such as Private International Law, Public International Law, International Commercial Law, and Procedural Law, which are directly linked to the concept of “rule of law,” which is one of the key principles underlying the very idea of the United Nations.

About the Author
Professor of Private International Law, Law School, Universidad Nacional del Litoral.

Cristián Giménez Corte joined the United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs, General Legal Division in 2010 where he is currently serving as Legal Officer. In this role he provides legal advice, assistance and support concerning the day-to-day activities of the United Nations, including its regional commissions and peacekeeping missions. During his UN career he has held several positions including, Legal Officer, Office for Outer Space Affairs; Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Office on Drugs and Crime; Drug Control Officer, International Narcotics Control Board.Previously he was partner at Alemandi, Alessio and Gimenez Corte law firm in Sante Fe, Argentina. He received his PhD in Law from the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina in 2007 and completed Post-Doctoral Studies at Columbia University, Law School, New York (2012-2013).

His books include Usos Comerciales, Costumbre Jurídica y Nueva Lex Mercatoria en América Latina [Commercial Usages, Customary Law and Lex Mercatoria in Latin America], ( Ábaco Editorial, Buenos Aires, 2010) and The International Drug Control Conventions, Compilation of Drug Control Treaties (United Nations, New York, 2009)