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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Austria 26 May 1994 Supreme Court (Yacht equipment case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/940526a3.html]

Primary source(s) for case presentation: CISG-Austria website


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19940526 (26 May 1994)

JURISDICTION: Austria

TRIBUNAL: Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court]

JUDGE(S): Dr. Melber (presiding judge), Dr. Graf, Dr. Schinko, Dr. Tittel, Dr. Baumann

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 2 Ob 534/94

CASE NAME: Austrian case citations do not generally identify parties to proceedings

CASE HISTORY: Ist instance Bezirksgericht Wien (GZ 36 C 2/92y-26) 3 August 1993; 2d instance Landesgericht Wien (GZ 40 R 619/93-33) 20 December 1993

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Germany (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Austria (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Yacht equipment


Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: No

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Articles 1(1)(b) ; 100

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

Unavailable

Descriptors: Unavailable

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Editorial remarks

Excerpt from analysis of Austrian case law by Willibald Posch & Thomas Petz*

        * "Austrian Cases on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods", 6 Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2002) 1-24, at 4.

"[T]he private international law clause of Article 1(1)(b) CISG was correctly applied by the Austrian Supreme Court for the first time in May 1994,18 in a case involving a dispute between an Austrian seller and a German buyer. The application of CISG was denied, because at the time of the conclusion of the contract, Germany had not yet ratified the Convention and the characteristic performance test pointed to domestic German law as the law at the seller's place of business."

        18. Austrian Supreme Court, May 26, 1994, published in 1994 ecolex p. 619; Cf. District Court of Vienna, February 20, 1992, published in 1992 RdW [Österreichisches Recht der Wirtschaft] 239.

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Citations to case abstracts, texts, and commentaries

CITATIONS TO ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

German: Zeitschrift für Rechtsvergleichung, Internationales Privatrecht und Europarecht (Vienna 1994) No. 63, 248

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): CISG-Austria website <http://www.cisg.at/2_53494.htm> [cited as 16 May 1994]; [1994] ecolex 619 et seq.

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: Willibald Posch & Thomas Petz, 6 Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2002) 1-24, at n.18 [English translation of German commentary cited below] [Go to these commentaries for an excellent comprehensive analysis of Austrian case law on the CISG]

German: Willibald Posch & Ulfried Terlitza, Internationales Handelsrecht (2001) 47-56, at relevant n.

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