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Austria 24 October 1995 Supreme Court (Galvanized wire case)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/951024a3.html]

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


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19951024 (24 October 1995)

JURISDICTION: Austria

TRIBUNAL: Oberster Gerichtshof [Supreme Court]

JUDGE(S): Hon. Prof. Dr. Gamerith (presiding judge), Dr. Kodek, Dr. Niederreiter, Dr. Redl, Dr. Griß

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 4 Ob 1652/95

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

CASE HISTORY: 1st instance LG Linz (5 Cg 70/95d-9) 15 March 1995 [affirmed]; 2d instance OLG Linz (3 R 124/95) 5 July 1995 [affirmed] [CISG not mentioned in either of these lower court rulings]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Germany (defendant)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Austria (plaintiff)

GOODS INVOLVED: Galvanized wire


Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: [Issue concerning law governing limitation period]

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Article 4

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

4B [Scope of Convention (issues excluded): statute of limitations or prescription period]

Descriptors: Scope of Convention ; Statute of limitations

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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 5 n.21.

Scope of Convention ; Statute of limitations. "In this decision, the question was whether a limitation period for claims arising from contractual obligations and matters of recourse fell within the sphere of application of CISG. The Austrian Supreme Court held that CISG does not contain any provision on this, so that issues concerning a limitation period are excluded from the Convention's sphere of application. Consequently, it applied Austrian domestic law as the law at the seller's place of business."

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Citations to case abstracts, texts, and commentaries

CITATIONS TO ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

Unavailable

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (German): CISG-Austria website <http://www.cisg.at/4_165295.htm>; Zeitschrift für Rechtsvergleichung (ZfRV) 1996, 76 No. 20

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 5 n.21[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 page

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