Peter Winship

Peter Winship

Emeritus faculty

Professor Emeritus of Law


Professor Winship taught primarily in the areas of domestic and international commercial law, although he has also taught corporate law and seminars on American legal history, comparative commercial law, admiralty law, and law and ethics.

Areas of Expertise


A.B., Harvard University
LL.B., Harvard University
LL.M., University of London (London School of Economics)
Candidate for the J.S.D, Yale University


Business Enterprise
Payment Systems
Sale of Goods Transactions


INTERNATIONAL SALES LAW:  A PROBLEM-ORIENTED COURSEBOOK (St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2000) (with John A. Spanogle) [including Teachers Manual and Documents Supplement]; (St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2nd ed. 2012) (with John A. Spanogle)

CASES AND MATERIALS ON ADMIRALTY (Thomson/West, 5th ed. 2011) (with the late Nicholas J. Healy, David J. Sharpe & David B. Sharpe) [6th edition at publishers for 2016 publication]

SECURED TRANSACTIONS UNDER THE UNIFORM Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code and International Commerce (Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Co., 1st ed. 2002) (with Louis Del Duca, Egon Guttman, William Henning and Frederick Miller); (Lexis/Nexis, 2nd ed. 2011) (with Louis F. Del Duca, Marie T. Reilly and Edwin E. Smith)—includes Teacher’s Manual
NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS/PAYMENTS SYSTEM (Santa Monica: Casenotes, 1995)(with Donald B. King)

COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS: TEXT, CASES AND PROBLEMS (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1985) (with Jonathan A. Eddy)
TEXAS LITIGATION GUIDE:  BUSINESS ENTITITES, vols. 7‑8 (New York:  Matthew Bender & Co., 1978) (with William V. Dorsaneo); Commercial Litigation, vols. 9‑10 (with William V. Dorsaneo & Roy R. Anderson)
BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS OF THE ETHIOPIAN COMMERCIAL CODE (edited and translated) (Addis Ababa: Faculty of Law, H.S.I.U., 1974)


Drafting General Partnership Laws on the “Aggregate” or “Entity” Theory, 68 SMU Law Review 629 (2015)

The Hague Principles, the CISG, and the "Battle of Forms", 4 Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs 151 (2015)

Law and Development in West and Central Africa (OHADA), SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 272 (2015)

Harmonizing Formal Requirements for Cross-Border Sales Contracts, 1 International Review of Law (Qatar) (2012)

Book Chapters

An Historical Overview of UCC Article 9 to be published by Hart Publishing as Chapter 3 in SECURED TRANSACTIONS LAW REFORM (N.O. Akseli & L. Gullifer eds, 2016) [at printers]

Contribution to Franco Ferrari, Harry Flechtner & Ronald A. Brand eds. THE DRAFT UNCITRAL DIGEST AND BEYOND (München: European Law Publishers, 2003)

Contract Planning and Litigation Strategies Under the U.N. Sales Convention and the Unidroit Principles in GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOOD CONVENTION,

An International Sales Law for the world:  The United Nations Sales Convention, in 2004 in KOREAN FORUM ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND BUSINESS LAW (2003)

Secured Transactions, in 3 Boris Kozolchyk & John F. Molloy eds., UNITED STATES LAW OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT (2001)

Selected Security Interests in the United States, in Joseph J. Norton & Mads Andenas eds., EMERGING FINANCIAL MARKETS AND SECURED TRANSACTIONS 267 (1998)


Other Publications

International Commercial Transactions: 1998, 54 Business Lawyer 2001 (1999)

Karl Llewellyn in Rome, 3 Uniform Law Review/Review Dr. Unif. 725 (1998)

International Commercial Transactions: 1997, 53 Business Lawyer 1521 (1998)

International Commercial Transactions: 1996, 52 Business Lawyer 1643 (1997)

Member, Board of Editors, American Journal of Comparative Law, 1991-present
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Tulane Law Review, 1993-present
Editor-in-Chief, The International Lawyer, 1996-1999; (Member, Board of Editorial Advisors, 1984‑1996; Chair of Board of Editorial Advisers, 1990-1996)
Editor‑in‑Chief, Journal of Ethiopian Law, 1971‑1972


The Hague Principles, the CISG, and the ‘Battle of Forms’
17th biennial meeting of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law
Bilgi University, Istanbul (July 2014)
Current Issues in Secured Transactions Law in the United States
Conference on “Secured Transaction Reform in Other Jurisdictions” sponsored by the [U.K.] Secured Transactions Law Reform Project and the Durham University Law School
London and Durham (June 2014)
Is there a Contract Code in UNCITRAL’S future?
16th Biennial Conference of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law
Universidad Naçional Autonoma de Mexico
Mexico City  (July 2013)

The Dynamics of an evolving lex maritima
Colloquium on “Global Challenges—Global Law: The Future of International Law”
Law School at the University of Swansea (6 June 2013)
A History of the [US] Uniform Commercial Code
Comparative Law Discussion Group
Oxford University Faculty of Law (7 February 2013)
Why not a Global International Commercial Code?
Symposium: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade
Villanova University School of Law (January 2013)

Remedies under the U.N. Sales Convention
Conference on the New Turkish Civil Code and the U.N. Sales Convention
Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul (7 April 2012)
International Private Law and Non-Governmental Actors
Panel: “Cross-Border Movements and the Challenges for Private International Law”
Commemorative Conference on Inspiration and Innovation in International Law and Politics: 100 Years Nobel Peace Prize Tobias Asser
Peace Palace in The Hague (December 2011)
Federalism and Private International Law: Recent Developments and
Secured Transactions: UNCITRAL’s Receivables Convention
Meeting of the [U.S.] Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law
Washington, D.C. (October 2010)