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The CISG is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods; a treaty ratified by about 70 countries that provides a uniform international sales law. The occasion of the CISG's 25th anniversary signals something extremely significant in the world of international commercial law: the true coming of age of the CISG, as evidenced by (and as a result of) several thousand available court and arbitration decisions world-wide applying the CISG.
To celebrate this occasion, a conference was organized by the University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Drafting Contracts Under the CISG is a collaborative and important result of that conference.
This publication brings together the intellectually sophisticated yet extremely practical and original contributions written by leading CISG scholars from around the globe and practitioners experienced in dealing with the CISG. Included are 140 sample clauses, a complete model sales agreement, and contextual analysis of contract drafting issues.
The CISG is a new reality and is very relevant to US attorneys at the planning and negotiation stages of a sales transaction. It is increasingly the case that a lawyer in the US, or virtually anywhere else, cannot adequately serve a client's needs without knowledge of and skill in using the Convention to help, for example, prevent transactions from aborting over choice of law conflicts, and to offer alternatives that can resolve bargaining impasses.
International commercial lawyers will find sample clauses dealing with major contract issues under the CISG, including:-