Promoting Commercial Law Reform in Eastern Europe

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Samuel Bufford

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Date Written: 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.

Suggested Citation

Bufford, Samuel, Promoting Commercial Law Reform in Eastern Europe (2010). Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 39, 2010; Penn State Law Research Paper No. 47-2010. Available at SSRN:

Samuel Bufford (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

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University Park, PA 16802
United States

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