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.
This page links to a roadmap to the legislative history of CISG article 20. Alternative versions of the roadmap may be accessed: short form; long form. The short form is limited to citations to printed texts and electronic links to further data on this article. The long form adds to this material with background information and other data which, once read, should be regarded as applicable to each roadmap presented.
The 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference
The most recent and, generally, the most important segment of the legislative history of the CISG is contained in the Official Records of the Documents of the United Nations Conference on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Vienna, 10 March - 11 April 1980 [A/CONF.97/19]. Click for a chronological record of the development of this article at the 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference.