Peter H. Schlechtriem was born on March 2, 1933, Jena, and studied law in Hamburg and Freiburg. After the two state examinations, he became in 1964 a PhD from the University of Freiburg with a supervised by Horst Müller work on foreign inheritance, acquired in 1965 from the University of Chicago Law School, the degree of Master of Comparative Law and habilitated in 1970 again in Freiburg at Ernst von Caemmerer with a comparative work on the claim competition in contract and tort.
1971 was followed by calls to the universities of Erlangen and Heidelberg, which he thought those to Heidelberg. Peter Schlechtriem where he headed the Institute for Comparative and International Private Law until 1977 he followed a call to Freiburg to succeed his teacher Ernst von Caemmerer. Making a call to Vienna, he refused in 1984.
Focus of the scientific work of Peter Schlechtriem were the law of obligations, the Comparative Law and the international uniform law. His textbooks on the law of obligations, its commentaries, monographs and articles have influenced science and jurisprudence in a high degree. Particular rank enjoys doing the bulk of it supervised Commentary on the CISG. His writings have been translated into numerous languages.
Peter Schlechtriem has worked in many international boards and committees. He was a member of the German delegation to the drafting of the UN Sales Convention in Vienna; in the creation of the new civil codes of Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Russia he has acted as a consultant and advisor; as a member of the commission for the reform of the German law of obligations he has influenced this piece of legislation crucial. He was a member of the German Council for Private International Law, the UNIDROIT Working Group for the preparation of the UNIDROIT Principles II, the Study Group for a European Civil Code and the U.S. Advisor to both the American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. From 1990 to 1997 he was president of the Society of Comparative Law.
His international work had gained recognition in numerous visiting professorships and honors. He was a visiting professor at Chicago, Harvard, Wellington, Fribourg, Zurich and Oxford. In 1995 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel in 2002 and that of the University of Tartu. In 2001 he was a Fellow at St. Catherine 's College, Oxford. Schlechtriem was a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. On his 70th birthday him in 2003 an extensive Festschrift was dedicated.
- Schlechtriem, contract procedures and contractual liability ( habilitation thesis ), Frankfurt am Main 1972
- Schlechtriem / Schwenzer, Commentary on the CISG - CISG -, 4th edition, Munich 2004, ISBN 978-3-406-51565-1
- Schlechtriem / Schwenzer, Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods, 2nd ed, Oxford / Munich 2005, ISBN 978-3-406-53144-6
- Schlechtriem, International CISG, 4th edition, Tübingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-16-149277-8