James Byrne E.

Associate Professor of Law

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  • Phone: 703-993-8021
  • Office: Room 318, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address: George Mason University School of Law
    3301 Fairfax Dr. Arlington, VA 22201
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Biographical Sketch

Associate Professor James E. Byrne is the director of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Inc., and the editor of Documentary Credit World, a monthly international journal. He has written and spoken extensively on letter of credit law and practice. Professor Byrne was Reporter of the eUCP, International Chamber of Commerce rules electronic presentations under letters of credit. He is immediate past chair of the Letter of Credit Subcommittee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. Professor Byrne chaired and served as reporter for the International Standby Practices, internationally adopted rules of practice for standby letters of credit. He chaired the American Bar Association, U.S. Council on International Banking Task Force Study of U.C.C. Article 5, served as head of the U.S. Delegation to UNCITRAL in drafting the 1995 United Nations Convention on Bank Guarantees and Standby Letters of Credit, and was an advisor in the 1995 Revision of U.C.C. Article 5. He is a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law and has written extensively and delivered lectures throughout the world on electronic commerce, international commerce, and banking and financial fraud.

Professor Byrne clerked for the Honorable Paul H. Roney of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and practiced for several years in Florida. He is a member of the Florida and Maryland bars.