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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Belgium 18 October 1995 District Court Hasselt (Steel bars case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/951018b1.html]

Primary source(s) for this case presentation: CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19951018 (18 October 1995)

JURISDICTION: Belgium

TRIBUNAL: Rechtbank [District Court] van koophandel Hasselt

JUDGE(S): de h. Vanhelmont [presiding]

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: Unavailable

CASE NAME: SA A. t. v. NV B.

CASE HISTORY: Unavailable

SELLER'S COUNTRY: France (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Belgium (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Steel bars


Case outline

Reproduced with permission from CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Application of the CISG - Rules of Private International Law of the forum referring to law of Contracting State (Article 1(1)(b)) - Convention on the Law Applicable to Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Hague Conference, June 15, 1955)

Partial exclusion of Convention - Article 6 CISG - Exclusion by standard terms - Standard terms not valid

Interest - Article 78 CISG - Interest rate - Statutory rate - Applicable law not mentioned

Right to claim damages - Article 74 CISG - Damages calculated ex aequo et bono

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: Yes [Article 1)1)(b)]

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Articles 6 ; 74 ; 78

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

6A [Convention yields to contract (exclusion of modification of Convention by contract): unilateral imposition of terms inadequate];

74A [Damages (general rules for measuring):court assessed damages ex aequo et bono];

78A [Interest on delay in receiving price]

Descriptors: Applicability ; Choice of law ; Damages ; Interest

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Editorial remarks

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Citations to case abstracts, texts, and commentaries

CITATIONS TO ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=266&step=Abstract>

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (Dutch): CISG-Belgium database of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven <http://www.law.kuleuven.ac.be/ipr/eng/cases/1995-10-18.html>; Rechtskundig Weekblad (No. 40: 1 June 1996) 1378-1379; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=266&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

Dutch: Erauw, [1998] Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (TvP 35) 1369 [1513 No. 255, 1521 No. 263, 1523 No. 264]

English: Article 78 and rate of interest: Mazzotta, Endless disagreement among commentators, much less among courts (2004) [citing this case and 275 other court and arbitral rulings]; [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 8 para. 22, 24

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