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CISG: Then and Now — What Is Next?

Sooksripaisarnkit, P ORCID: 0000-0002-1708-4226 and Garimella, SR 2019 , 'CISG: Then and Now — What Is Next?', in P Sooksripaisarnkit and SR Garimella (eds.), Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: A Multidisciplinary Perspective , Sweet & Maxwell, Hong Kong, pp. 1-24.

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This book took the date 1 January 1988 as a starting point for its focus. It is thedate when the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the InternationalSale of Goods (Vienna, 1980), or known in short as the CISG, came intoforce internationally. All contributions to this book were prepared during thecourse of the year 2018 with an aim to commemorate the 30th anniversary ofthe application of the CISG by offering critiques on its application as well asaddressing its future. The significance of the CISG can never be underestimated.Until now, 91 countries have ratified this Convention. Among these, many ofthem are powerful countries in terms of their contribution to the world’s economy,including the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America, Japan,Germany, and France. The fairly new member state to the CISG, Vietnam, isdescribed as “one of the south-east Asia’s fastest-growing economies” which bythe year 2020 will be regarded as a developed country. Yet, it is also the case thatthe CISG is the product of the 20th century. Back then, international commercialcircumstances were very different from what the world has witnessed now. Towhat extent the CISG remains relevant in this modern commercial environmentis another question. To set the scene for what will follow in this book, in thischapter, the authors will, in the first part, briefly trace historical developmentsleading to the drafting of the CISG. The authors will then, in the second part,outline core principles of the CISG. In the third part, the authors will set out whatreaders can expect to see as they flip through this book.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Sooksripaisarnkit, P and Garimella, SR
Keywords: international sale of goods, Vienna Convention, CISG
Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell
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