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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference

G. Report of the First Committee
[Outline of committee proceedings]
Document A/CONF.97/11 [Original: English 7 April 1980]

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17
Article 15 [became CISG article 17 ]

A. UNCITRAL text [1978 draft]
B. Amendments
C. Proceedings in the First Committee
D. Subsequent proceedings
E. Overview comments

A. UNCITRAL text

1. The text [of the 1978 draft ] of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law provided as follows:

"Article 15 [became CISG article 17 ]

"An offer, even if it is irrevocable, is terminated when a rejection reaches the offeror."

[Go to Secretariat Commentary on the above text]

[See also pre-Conference observations and proposals by Governments and International Organizations]

B. Amendments

2. An amendment was submitted to article 15 [became CISG article 17 ] by Belgium (A/CONF.97/C.1/L.85).

3. This amendment was to the following effect:

Belgium (A/CONF.97/C.1/L.85: for the French text only):

Il est proposé de rédiger en français cette disposition comme suit:

[Caducité de l'offre par refus.]

"Une offre, même irrevocable, devient caduque lorsque son refus parvient à l'auteur de l'offre."

[Referred to Drafting Committee: see Consideration, 5, below.]

C. Proceedings in the First Committee

(i) Meetings

4. The Committee considered article 15 [became CISG article 17 ] at its 9th meeting on 17 March 1980 [see also 35th meeting of First Committee].

(ii) Consideration

5. At the 9th meeting the amendment by Belgium (A/CONF.97/C.1/L.85) was referred to the Drafting Committee, and the UNCITRAL text adopted.

[D. Subsequent Proceedings]

[For subsequent Conference material on the development/approval of the final text of CISG article 17, go to Plenary Conference 6th meeting (continued)]

[E. Overview Comments]

[English translation of report on the significance of the deliberations on this article at the Diplomatic Conference: prepared by Peter Schlechtriem, based on notes taken at the conference and published shortly thereafter]

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