Selling Goods Internationally: The Scope of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)

48 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 5, 2008

Abstract

What is an international sale of goods? The answer to this question is critically important to trillions of dollars worth of transactions that are now governed by the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Lawyers facing an issue in the interpretation of the CISG must consult a daunting body of conflicting and minimally informative resources in many languages. The interpretive difficulties are particularly acute in deciding the scope of the Convention and the transactions to which it applies. This article examines the unresolved ambiguities in terms such as sale of goods, place of business, and validity, and offers guidance in drafting contracts to address them.

Keywords: CISG, international, sale of goods, scope, commercial transaction

Suggested Citation

Martin-Davidson, Susan J., Selling Goods Internationally: The Scope of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (September 5, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1264032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1264032

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