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Roadmap to the legislative history of CISG Article 80


The CISG has a rich and detailed legislative history. The challenge is not paucity of material, but an overabundance of travaux préparatoires spread over thousands of pages of un-indexed volumes, located in sources we are not used to accessing, with frames of reference (article numbers) that generally differ from those of the CISG. Our response is navigation aids (pilots) to identify paths and shoals (caveats) -- roadmaps for each article of the CISG.

Article 80 was created at the 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference.

Citations to Summary Records of the Vienna Diplomatic Conference

Article 80 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. 135-136, 227, 386-387, 393, 430. These documents are reprinted in Honnold, “Documentary History of the Uniform Law for International Sales” (Kluwer 1989) pp. 707-708, 762, 607-608, 614, 651. For electronic access to this material, go to Chronology of development of Article 80 at the 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference.

Data on the Secretariat Commentary: There is no Secretariat Commentary on this article.

Data on the pre-UNCITRAL legislative history of the CISG: Certain concepts contained in the Hague Formation and Sales Conventions of 1964 (ULF and ULIS) influenced the CISG. The UNCITRAL Yearbook deliberations on the CISG commenced with the texts of these conventions. Some CISG articles are similar to their ULIS-ULF antecedents; some were changed. See Article 80: ULIS-ULF/CISG, for a match-up of the ULIS provision with this article of the CISG.

Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated May 10, 1999