Practice Area Insights — Balancing Buyer and Supplier Responsibilities: Model Contract Clauses for International Supply Chains

12 Min View By: Susan A. Maslow, David V. Snyder

The COVID-19 pandemic brought “the kind of supply chain disruption that really had not been contemplated on such a scale before,” says Susan A. Maslow. Maslow is deeply knowledgeable about supply chain complexities; she and David V. Snyder are vice chair and chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains. In their conversation, they discuss their work on the Model Contract Clauses (MCCs) as a means to bring human rights policies into practice, the tricky commercial law issues at play, shifts between the first version and recent second version of the MCCs, and more.

A summary of version 2.0 of its Model Contract Clauses is available on Business Law Today, with the full report in the Winter 2021–2022 issue of The Business Lawyer and complete resources, including a downloadable Word document designed to assist in contract drafting, available on a site of the ABA Center for Human Rights.

Read more about the video’s speakers below:

Susan A. Maslow

Susan Maslow, a Co-Founder and Partner of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn LLP, is Vice Chair of the Working Group to Draft Human Rights Protections in International Supply Contracts, ABA Business Law Section, and Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee. Practicing for over 40 years, Sue concentrates her practice primarily in general corporate governance and transactional work and finance documentation including stock and asset acquisitions. She practiced law within the Corporate Department of Fox Rothschild O’Brien and Frankel in Philadelphia before moving her practice to Doylestown, PA and forming her current law firm in 1992.

David V. Snyder

David V. Snyder is professor of law and director of the Business Law Program at the American University Washington College of Law. His work is primarily in contracts and commercial law, including their international and comparative aspects. He has been a professor of law at Tulane and Indiana (Bloomington) and has been a regular visiting professor at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) since 2012. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston University and William and Mary. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and Yale College and clerked on the Fifth Circuit.

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