Professor Sir Roy Goode CBE QC is Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. The author of many widely used textbooks and articles in the fields of commercial law and transnational commercial law he has chaired or been a member of a number of government committees. and was for several years Chairman of the Committee on International Commercial Practice of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has played a leading role in the development and conclusion of a number of international instruments, on which he has written the Official Commentaries, and introduced into the Oxford curriculum many years what is believed to be the first university course in the world on transnational commercial law. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds the degrees of LLD (Lond.) and DCL (Oxon), as well as three honorary doctorates.
In 2005, with the help of Stephen McGairl, then a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Roy Goode established The Foundation for International Law to promote the international harmonization of private law and the advancement of education in this field. A third trustee was Jeffrey Wool, who has also played a leading role in a major harmonization project. The Foundation, a registered charity, succeeded in raising substantial funds which were used partly to support the work of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), an international, intergovernmental organization based in Rome and established to promote the progressive harmonization of private law, and partly to fund postgraduate scholarships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The Foundation is going from strength to strength and is now administered by a new trustee board under the chairmanship of Ronald DeKoven, a leading international commercial lawyer.