Eric E. Bergsten

bergsten photo


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Professor Bergsten received his B.S from Northwestern, his J.D. from Michigan, an M.A. from Georgetown, and an M.C.L. and D.C.L. from the University of Chicago Law School. His writing and teaching interests focus on commercial law and international trade law. He was a member of the College of Law faculty from 1961 to 1974.

After leaving the College of Law, Professor Bergsten served as the Senior Legal Officer and Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), as well as Chief of the International Trade Law Branch of the Office of Legal Affairs. After leaving the UN, he joined the faculty at Pace Law School in 1992, where he has held Emeritus status since 1999. Professor Bergsten developed and administers the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition sponsored by Pace Law School and held annually in Vienna.



Eric E. Bergsten et al., Course on Dispute Settlement in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property (United Nations 2003)
Eric E. Bergsten, International Commercial Arbitration (Oceana Publications 1979)
Eric E. Bergsten, Community Law in the French Courts: The Law of Treaties in Modern Attire (Nijhoff 1973) (Thesis)

Book Chapters

Eric E. Bergsten, "Chinese Arbitration Law and Rules Compared with Current Trends in International Commercial Arbitration", in International Economic Law and China in its Economic Transition, Huiping Chen, ed., (William S. Hein & Co. 2007)
Eric E. Bergsten et al., Business Regulation in the Common Market Nations (McGraw-Hill 1969-1970)


Eric E. Bergsten, "The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Teaching of International Commercial Arbitration," 22 Arb. Int’l 309 (2006)
Eric E. Bergsten, "The Americanization of International Arbitration," 18 Pace Int’l L. Rev. 289 (2006)
Eric E. Bergsten, "Some Musings about the Adoption of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules," 9 Vindobona J. of Int'l. Comm. L. & Arb. 213 (2005)
Eric E. Bergsten, "Teaching about International Commercial Law and Arbitration: the Eighth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot," 18 J. Int’l Arb. 481 (2001)
Eric E.Bergsten, "In Memoriam: Willem Cornelis Vis (1924-1993)," 28 Int'l L. 583 (1994)
Eric E. Bergsten, "A New Regime for International Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit: The UNCITRAL Draft Convention on Guaranty Letters," 27 Int'l L. 859 (1993)
Eric E. Bergsten, "Legal Aspects of International Electronic Funds Transfers," 1987 Int'l Bus. L.J. 649 (1987)
Eric E. Bergsten & Anthony J. Miller, "The Remedy of Reduction of Price," 27 Am. J. Comp. L. 255 (1979)
Eric E. Bergsten, "The Administration of Economic and Social Programs in France by the Use of the Contractual Technique," 48 S. Cal. L. Rev. 852 (1975)
Eric E. Bergsten, "Credit Cards--A Prelude to the Cashless Society," 8 B.C. Indus. & Com. L. Rev. 485 (1967)
Eric E. Bergsten, "Refusal to Sell as a Violation of Anti-Price Maintenance Legislation--The French Experience," 49 Iowa L. Rev. 42 (1963-1964)

Book Reviews

Eric E. Bergsten, Lawrence W. Newman & David Zaslowsky, "Litigating International Commercial Disputes 1996 Edition," 9 Pace Int'l L. Rev. 299 (1997)


Eric E. Bergsten , The Uniform Commercial Code as it Relates to the Iowa Law; with Comments (University of Iowa College of Law 1965)