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The 1980 United Nations convention on contracts for the international sale of goods.

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  • Submitted: 13/01/2005
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THE 1980 UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CONTRACTS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SALE OF GOODS

This paper will show that the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods offers solutions to the increasing legal problems which arise when doing business in an international context. Firstly an overview will be given when the Vienna Convention applies and furthermore what remedies a seller has when there is a breach of contract. The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), also known as Vienna Convention, came into force on 1 January 1988 and is currently adopted by 62 countries.1 It is said to be one of the most successful Treaties in history.2 This Convention was promulgated by the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and is a successor of the 1955 Hague Convention. The Vienna Convention has a prior claim of application in relationship to the Rome Convention. But both Conventions state that they 'do not prevail over international agreements' (Art.90 CISG) or 'shall not prejudice the application of international conventions' (Art.21 Rome Convention). However, as will be explained below, if the states are members of the Vienna Convention this law will always apply and

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