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GEORGE D. CAMERON III is Emeritus Professor of Business Law at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. at Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (Political Science) at the University of Michigan. He taught for 53 years—the last 43 at Michigan, including teaching visits in Beijing, Helsinki, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo. The three Business Law texts that he authored or co-authored have gone through a combined total of 17 editions. He has won a number of teaching and research awards, including students’ first (1982) “Best Professor” award at the University of Michigan’s business school, listing as a noteworthy professor by Business Week in its 1986 ranking of the Top Ten Business Schools, a State of Michigan Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1990, the Bernard Teaching Leadership Award from his business school colleagues in 2003, and the Outstanding Senior Professor Award for 2004 by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
International and comparative law has always been a high priority with Professor Cameron. The “Business Law: Text and Cases” (1982) that he co-authored was the first to include a full chapter on International Law, in addition to cases dealing with international transactions. He developed special courses for his teaching assignments at China University of Political Science and Law, and at Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now the Aalto University School of Business). He co-taught a special international class in the University of Michigan’s joint program with Erasmus University (the Netherlands) for three years, and also co-taught in the U/M’s Global MBA program—teaching twice each in Hong Kong and Sao Paolo.
The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (addressed in Chapter III of “International Business Law: Cases and Materials”) became a regular part of all the University of Michigan courses Professor Cameron taught dealing with Contract Law and Sale of Goods Law. He felt it was important for future business managers to be aware of the risks of lawsuits in other nations, so he insisted on covering “long-arm” jurisdiction (addressed in Chapter II of this book) in every course he taught—for the last 40+ years. He also developed a separate International Law course for MBAs, and teaching materials from that course became the starting point for this text. “International Business Law: Cases and Materials” thus brings together a considerable history of teaching and research to provide some significant insights into an increasingly important subject-matter.