Also sometimes referred to as the Vienna Sales Convention, the Convention on
Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) regulates the rights of
buyers and sellers in international sales. The Convention, which first entered
into effect in 1988, is the first sales law treaty to win acceptance on a
worldwide scale. The current list of some 77 Contracting States includes 11 of
the G-12 Group, as well as China and Russia. These CISG States account for
more than two-thirds of all world trade. The importance of the CISG in the
international arena is underlined by thousands of reported decisions where the
CISG has been held to apply, thus evidencing the conduct of countless
international traders who – by default or by express choice – regularly
subject their sales contracts to the Convention regime. The CISG has also
impacted on sales legislation at national and regional (e.g. EU) levels. With
this monograph as their guide, lawyers and scholars who deal with
international sales contracts and sales contract disputes will obtain an
excellent overview of the Convention, as well as valuable information as to
all its 101 Articles, compromising key topic areas such as the follow:
Determining when the CISG applies;
Freedom of contract under Article 6;
Interpretation of the Convention and of CISG contracts;
Sales contract formation, validity, defenses to enforcement;
Obligations of the parties, including conforming delivery & notice of
Liability and remedies for breach, including specific performance, damages,
Reservations under Articles 92-96.
This IEL monograph takes account of scholarly commentary as well as key CISG
case law worldwide.
List of Abbreviations.
Chapter 1. Introduction.
Chapter 2. Convention Overview.
Chapter 3. Convention Scope and General Provisions.
Chapter 4. Sales Contract Formation.
Chapter 5. Obligations, Risk and Remedies.
Chapter 6. Final Convention Provisions.
"The Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) has
become the most important law for international sale contracts. It is
applicable in more than 70 member states. Among them there are countries of
all continents with different economical and political systems. The member
states of the CISG carry out more than two thirds of the world trade. Special
literature on the CISG, therefore, is indispensable. The book here provides a
good overview of the whole structure of the CISG and the content of its
articles. It is of relevance both for scientific studies and for the practice.
The relevant case law has been incorporated into the general remarks. The book
has the character of a study book which. however, can be used to solve
conflicts in practice. It is easy to read and provides quick access to
relevant issues due to its structure . .. ... All key issues of the CISG are
covered in the book. A register comprises a compilation of literature which
can be used for an in-depth examination of CISG issues. The concept of the
book fits its aim perfectly. It qualifies best for the first steps into the
issues of the CISG."
Klaus Vorpeil in Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft July 2012