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With respect to the first problem, there had been some initial disagreement as to whether the CISG adopts the ‘fault’ liability preference of Civilian systems or the ‘no-fault’ position of the Common law. KommentarArt. Moreover, although the terms of a document prepared with the full participation of both parties would seem difficult to subsume within the same ‘statements On the other hand, Article 13 does not define the term to exclude such increasingly popular means of communication as telefax transmissions or electronic data [page 60] exchange; these should also be treated as ‘writings’ under Article American domestic law, avoidance might be allowed for a fraudulent misrepresentation without concern for its materiality, ‘ Farnsworth, op.

An important related point is that it is not possible to understand Article 19 in isolation from other Convention provisions. For example, if a contract for the sale of wine is entered into in January between a seller in France and a buyer in California France and the United States being different Contracting Statesboth French and American courts are bound by Article 1 1 a of the treaty to apply the CISG as the gap-filling regime.

Regarding Article 7 2 see supra No. If, for example, the offeror makes his offer on 1 February and states that the offer ‘will be held open’ until a given date e. Therefore, it is still necessary to distinguish between modifications arrived at by threats and extortion ‘economic duress’ on the one hand, and good faith honest, acceptable business standards on the other.


The CISG employs the familiar ‘mirror image’ rule.

Get to Know Us. As regards damages, the Convention deals both with the ‘basis’ and the ‘measure’ of liability. By virtue of Article 2 athe CISG will not displace the operation of these local consumer statutes, even when the transaction is ‘international’ in the Article 1 sense.

Domestic and International Law Ch. We apologize, but we failed to receive this message. Part III is subdivided into five separate chapters. Allowing the parties to a CISG contract to contract out of contrary domestic validity rules accords with generally accepted PIL principles, e.

Article 2 of the CISG provides that the Convention does not apply to the kinds of ‘sales’ specified in Article 2, paragraphs a – f. Said to be reflected in Article 16 2 bdiscussed infra No. But the legislative history of Article 55 hardly warrants the conclusion that the validity of an open price term contract depends on whether the parties reside in States which have ratified Part II, in that all States which ratify CISG Part III must be bound by the same Article 55, whatever it means: And although we find a few reported CISG decisions dealing with buyer’s right to demand that seller provide substitute goods or cure, there seem to be no reported cases involving the buyer’s right to ‘require delivery’: An offer, even if it is irrevocable, may be withdrawn if the withdrawal reaches the offeree before or at the same time as the offer.

In any case, it is at least clear that displacement of the CISG regime presupposes that an express choice-of-law clause is upheld as valid pursuant to the applicable domestic validity rule: See also the award cited infra No. On the one hand, it may be said that Article 28 tends to maintain domestic conceptions of the proper rule for specific performance, even though the Convention in other respects must be interpreted with the need for international uniformity in [page 81] mind.

By the same token, the term ‘goods’ marchandises is usually equated with ‘things’ or – somewhat less appropriately – ‘objects'[4] and it would seem that the subject of an international sale must be a moveable thing[5] i. The following Chapters of this Encyclopedia monograph contain a more detailed analysis of the Articles of the Convention.


What is relevant in this connection, and as developed more fully below, is that most ‘consumer’-type transactions are excluded from the Convention sphere by virtue of Article 2 a. Article 7 1see infra No.

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The conclusion reached in the foregoing illustration does not mean that the advent of the CISG has completely obviated the need for private lookofzky law rules in the sales arena. Absent agreement, an American court will apply the UCC ‘to transactions bearing an appropriate relation to the [particular American] state’.

Quite apart from the procedural question of identifying the court s competent to decide disputes between A and B, [l] there is also the issue of the applicable substantive law, i.

So, if a dispute should later arise between the parties to such a sale, it would seem appropriate for a court in to apply the domestic law of X to resolve the problem, in that all ‘connecting links’ point to the law of the locality concerned.

Sometimes, however, the offeror will request – or at least impliedly condone that the offeree accept without actually making such a statement.

For one thing, some prominent German scholars treat Article 19 3 as merely establishing a rebuttable presumption of materiality, [3] and German case law has already shown that, e.

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This led to the declaration set forth in Article 95, whereby a Contracting State may declare that it will not be bound by subparagraph 1 b of Article 1 of the Convention.

But when both parties ‘participate fully’ in preparing the instrument, he argues that only paragraph 3 would apply.