Teaching the CISG at U.K. Universities - An Empirical Study of Frequency and Method of Introducing the CISG to U.K. Students in the Light of the Desirability of the Adoption of the CISG in the U.K.
TOWARDS UNIFORMITY, THE 2ND ANNUAL MAA SCHLECTRIEM CISG CONFERENCE, INTERNATIONAL COMMERNACE AND ARBITRATION, Vol. 8, pp. 131-153, I. Schwenzer, L. Spagnolo, eds., Eleven International Publishing, The Hague 2011
33 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2011
Date Written: March 13, 2010
Arguably, U.K. students graduating with a degree in law may have some deficiency in their knowledge of the CISG. Such deficiency could, for example, potentially cause either reluctance to adhere to the CISG, or an explicit exclusion of the Convention from the contracts by the present and future U.K.'s practitioners who may be unfamiliar with this instrument. The lack of awareness of the CISG could be further considered as one of the factors that may potentially hinder accession to the CISG by the U.K. In order to get a better insight into teaching of the CISG at the law schools across the U.K., the author conducted an empirical study on ‘Implications of Teaching the CISG, UNIDROIT Principles and European Principles at U.K. Universities’. The survey’s main objective was to measure the attitude of U.K.'s academics involved in the teaching of contract law, commercial law, international trade law etc., with regard to their knowledge and teaching of the CISG, and other international instruments of contract law, to undergraduate law students. This paper presents the survey data related to the CISG (with some additional reference to the Hague Conventions) and assess in detail its implications.
Keywords: CISG, Vienna Convention, Hague Conventions, legal education on CISG, teaching CISG, accession to CISG by the UK, CISG in the United Kingdom, empirical study on CISG, CISG ratification, awareness of CISG
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