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CISG article 17

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Article 17 citations contained in the Official Records of the Vienna Conference: Official Records of the United Nations Conference on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Vienna 10 March -11 April 1980, (hereinafter "Official Records") A/CONF. 97/19 pp. 94, 205, 280, 424. These documents are reprinted in Honnold, "Documentary History of the Uniform Law for International Sales" (Kluwer 1989) (hereinafter "Documentary History") pp. 666, 740, 501, 645. For electronic access to this material, go to Chronology of development of Article 17 at the 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference.


Text of relevant Secretariat Commentary and caveats associated with its use: The Secretariat Commentary is on the 1978 Draft of the CISG, not the Official Text of this Convention. Prior to citing it, one should verify that the article of the 1978 Draft considered by the UNCITRAL Secretariat is substantively the same as its CISG counterpart. This is generally the case but it is not always so. See Article 17: 1978 Draft/Official Text, for a match-up of this article of the 1978 Draft with the Official Text of the CISG. The match-up is accompanied by editorial comments prepared for this presentation.

Accessing the Secretariat Commentary: The text of the Secretariat Commentary is presented in the Official Records of the Vienna Diplomatic Conference at Official Records, pp. 14-66. A photo-offset copy of this text is contained in Honnold's Documentary History, pp. 404-456. For electronic access to the Secretariat Commentary applicable to this article, see Legislative history of CISG article 17: Secretariat Commentary.


Article 17 citations to the UNCITRAL legislative history prior to the Vienna Conference: UNCITRAL Yearbook IX (1978); see Honnold, Documentary History, pp. 309-310, 375-376. For libraries that have the Yearbooks but not the Documentary History, see cross reference to the applicable Yearbook citations.

New Development: UNCITRAL has entered on the Internet all of the cited Yearbooks. Go to <http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/publications/yearbook.html>


Pre-UNCITRAL legislative history. There is no pre-UNCITRAL legislative history on this article.


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