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Spain 17 February 1998 Supreme Court [2977/1996]
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/980217s4.html]

Primary source(s) of information for case presentation: Michael R. Will; CISG-Spain & Latin America website

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Case identification

DATE OF DECISIONS: 19980217 (17 February 1998)

JURISDICTION: Spain

TRIBUNAL: Tribunal Supremo [Supreme Court]

JUDGE(S): Gullón Ballesteros (President)

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: 2977/1996

CASE NAME: Unavailable

CASE HISTORY: 1st instance Arbitral Award, Merchants' Association of the Hamburg Exchange 19 December 1994 [exequatur refused]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Spain (defendant)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Germany (plaintiff)

GOODS INVOLVED: Unavailable


Case abstract

SPAIN: Tribunal Supremo 17 February 1998 [2977/1996]

The plaintiff sought to have the Spanish Tribunal declare the recognition and enforcement of the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal (The Hamburg Stock Market Association). It was denied on the basis that an arbitration clause was not proven to have been concluded between the parties, according to the New York Convention (10 June 1958). The court held that the documents presented were proof enough of the existence of commercial relations between the parties and even of the conclusion of a contract by performing customary contractual acts (according to Articles 18 and 19 CISG), but they did not prove the existence of an arbitral clause.

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: Yes

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Articles 18 ; 19

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

18A [Acceptance (time and manner): criteria for acceptance];

19A [Reply purporting to accept but containing additions or medications]

Descriptors: Acceptance of offer ; Battle of the forms

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Editorial remarks

EDITOR: Patricia Rincón Martín

The court held that according to Arts. 18 and 19 of the CISG, documents, as those presented, proved the existence of a contract between the parties, but not the inclusion of an arbitration clause. Those documents were a photocopy of a bill referred to one contract (of the various celebrated by the parties), selling confirmations of the mediating society not signed by any of the parties and photocopies of the correspondence between the seller and the mediating society. The court stated: ". . . si bien de todos ellos (the documents referred above) pudiera quedar acreditada la existencia de relaciones comerciales, e incluso, la perfección de un determinado negocio jurídico, en cuanto demonstrativos de actos típicos de ejecución contractual (vide Art. 18 y 19, en vigor entre los Estados de los que son nacionales las partes en litigio), no permiten, sin embargo, sostener sin ambages que en semejante relación contractual se incluyó la cláusula compromisoria que motivó el procedimiento arbitral. . . ."

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Citations to other abstracts, case texts and commentaries

CITATIONS TO OTHER ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=892&step=Abstract>

Spanish: CISG-Spain & Latin America website "http://www.uc3m.es/cisg/respan8.htm"

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (Spanish): CISG-Spain & Latin America website "http://www.uc3m.es/cisg/sespan8.htm"; Base de Datos [Database] Aranzadi Jurisprudencia; Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=892&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

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