Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods.pdf

Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods.pdf


Now in force in over 80 countries, the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is one of the most successful and wide-reaching attempts to unify legal instruments for international commerce. As global sales transactions increase, the CISG's range of influence in international practice has significantly expanded, potentially governing 80% of world trade. In addition to the growing case law, the volume of case law reporting and scholarly writing on the Convention and its provisions and problems has increased dramatically. The Convention also continues to influence legislators on the international as well as the domestic level.

This is the fourth edition in English of the Commentary on the United Nations (UN) Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Since the publication of the first edition in 1998, the book has become an invaluable source for the comprehension and discussion of the Convention, frequently cited by legal writers, tribunals, and courts all over the world.

Thoroughly revised to reflect the growth and complexity of case law relating to the Convention, the book also considers new developments in the field of the CISG, particularly the accession of Brazil to the Convention. It also assesses all relevant scholarly writing on the CISG since 2009, with a special emphasis on the opinions issued by the CISG Advisory Council that are being considered as persuasive authority by courts and tribunals across the globe.

Written by an international team of contributors, this book provides expert analysis, and combines judicial and scholarly views from numerous jurisdictions. This is the most comprehensive and authoritative commentary on the CISG, and an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners alike.

Review from previous edition The Commentary by Schlechtriem and Schwenzer has been the gold standard of CISG scholarship for years. Readers who have come to expect in depth discussions of the articles of the CISG combined with a thorough and complete review of the relevant case law will not be disappointed by the third (English) edition. The Commentary will continue to be the standard reference work in its field, indispensable to practitioners and academics alike. (Stefan Vogenauer, Professor of Comparative Law, University of Oxford)

Practitioners who wish to decide whether to maintain or exclude CISG as the governing law of their clients' contract, or those who wish to address implementation or interpretation issues in the context of the resolution of disputes, will find in this easy-to-use commentary excellent and comprehensive guidance. This leading commentary is also an outstanding source of information for academics and students (Fadi Moghaizel, International Company and Commercial Law Review)

The publication of Prof. Peter Schlechtriem's excellent and authoritative book on the CISG comes at a most opportune time. The book is an indispensable aid to understanding, using and applying the CISG.' (The Rt. Hon. Lord Steyn)

The German book of which this is an English version is the largest and most exhaustive commentary on the Convention in any language. Professor Schlechtriem is an internationally recognized expert on the subject and the book which he and his collaborators have produced has established a position of authority in Germany (and Germany has produced more case-law on the Convention than any other jurisdiction). While the book is written from the German point of view, it gives references to the case-law of other jurisdictions and, in particular, to the very large amount of scholarly writing in many languages which has accumulated around the Convention. (Barry Nicholas, Principal, Brasenose College, University of Oxford)

The new English edition of Professor Schlechtriem's outstanding and highly respected Commentary on the UN Convention for International Sales (CISG) will become a most significant source of commercial law for students, scholars and practitioners around the world. The accuracy and quality of the original German edition is maintained throughout the excellent translation by Geoffrey Thomas. Like its German language predecessor, this English edition recognizes the truly international character of the CISG and will thus promote the uniform application which the Convention requires and deserves. (Joseph Lookofsky, Professor, University of Copenhagen)

A great achievement! Of all the existing commentaries on CISG, Professor Schlechtriem's Commentary not only provides the best comparative references but also deals extensively with the growing body of international case law on the Convention. A rich source of information and an extremely useful tool for both academics and practitioners. Originally conceived for the German legal environment it is now fortunately available to a much wider public. (Professor Dr Bonell, Director UNIDROIT, Centre for Comparative and Foreign Studies)

...a good introduction to the world of constitutional courts. (Jack Simson Caird, Legal Studies)

The Commentary...[provides] a brilliant scientific and comparative analysis, edited with precision, objectivity and a spirit of openness and tolerance which opens up the Convention of Vienna to new horizons. (J. Perovic, Revue de Droit International et de Droit Compare)

[This commentary] should form an essential part of the libraries of practitioners, academics, arbitrators and judges confronted with contracts governed by the CISG. (Journal of Private International Law Vol. 7 No. 3)

Ingeborg Schwenzer is Professor of Private and Comparative Law at the University of Basel, Dean Swiss International Law School , and Adjunct Professor at City University Hong Kong and Griffith University, Brisbane. She is Director of the Global Sales Law project, and chair of the CISG Advisory Council.


  • <b>Full List of Cases</b>
  • <b>Commentary on the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods</b>
  • Preamble
  • Part I: Sphere of Application and General Provisions
  • Part II: Formation of the Contract
  • Part III: Sale of Goods
  • Part IV: Final Provisions
  • <b>Commentary on the Convention on the Limitation Period in the International Sale of Goods</b>
  • Appendix I: INCOTERMS 2010
  • Appendix II: UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2010
  • <b>Extensive Bibliography</b>


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