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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Legislative history of CISG article 14:

Match-up with 1978 Draft to assess relevance of Secretariat Commentary


1978 Draft article 12

(1) A proposal for concluding a contract addressed to one or more specific persons constitutes an offer if it is sufficiently definite and indicates the intention of the offeror to be bound in case of acceptance. A proposal is sufficiently definite if it indicates the goods and expressly or implicitly fixes or makes provision for determining the quantity and the price.

(2) A proposal other than one addressed to one or more specific persons is to be considered merely as an invitation to make offers, unless the contrary is clearly indicated by the person making the proposal.

  

CISG article 14

(1) A proposal for concluding a contract addressed to one or more specific persons constitutes an offer if it is sufficiently definite and indicates the intention of the offeror to be bound in case of acceptance. A proposal is sufficiently definite if it indicates the goods and expressly or implicitly fixes or makes provision for determining the quantity and the price.

(2) A proposal other than one addressed to one or more specific persons is to be considered merely as an invitation to make offers, unless the contrary is clearly indicated by the person making the proposal.


Editorial comments

CISG article 14 and 1978 Draft article 12 are identical. The Secretariat Commentary on 1978 Draft article 12 should therefore be relevant to the interpretation of CISG article 14.


Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated July 12, 1999
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