The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is the uniform international sales law of countries that account for two-thirds of all world trade. As a service to the world trade community, the Pace University School of Law offers an annotated electronic library on the CISG on the world-wide web. The Internet address of the site is "http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu".

We present a guide to the contents of this website. Underlined items in this guide identify website links. A new section, "Guides for Business Managers and Counsel," is being added to the site. It alerts counsel to new developments and contains tips for practitioners. It has been authored for the Pace website by John P. McMahon, Chair of the International Sales Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Guide to the Pace Annotated Electronic Library on the CISG

The challenge to CISG researchers is not a shortage of materials on the subject; far more has been written on the CISG than on any other new sales law. The challenges are locating the material you need (many law libraries do not have an extensive collection of CISG material) and getting to it expeditiously. The website helps on both counts.

The website has been referred to as "a promising source" for "persuasive authority from courts of other States party to the CISG." MCC-Marble Ceramic Center, Inc. v. Ceramica Nuova D'Agostina, S.P.A., 144 F.3d 1384 n.14 (11th Cir. 1998).

The site is averaging 100,000 Internet "hits" per month by persons from 125 countries.

Initial research

A fundamental rule

Case law, scholarly writings and legislative history