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Published in J. Herbots editor / R. Blanpain general editor, International Encyclopaedia of Laws - Contracts, Suppl. 29 (December 2000) 1-192. Reproduced with permission of the publisher Kluwer Law International, The Hague.

[For more current case annotated texts by this author, see Bernstein & Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in Europe, 2d ed. (2003) and Lookofsky, Understanding the CISG in the USA, 2d ed. (2004).]

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The 1980 United Nations Convention on Contracts
for the International Sale of Goods

Joseph Lookofsky

Article 30
Summary of Sellerís Obligations

148. The various obligations of the CISG seller are summarized in Article 30: 'The seller must deliver the goods, hand over any documents relating to them and transfer the property in the goods, as required by the contract and this Convention.' [page 84]

149. Under Article 30, and as more fully defined in the provisions which follow, the CISG seller must deliver the (right) goods (at the right place and at the right time) as required by the contract and this Convention. Because the Convention respects the parties' freedom to define their own obligations, etc.,[1] it must always be remembered that the primary purpose of CISG rules such as those regarding the proper place and time for seller's performance is to fill in such contractual gaps as may exist in the agreement actually reached between the parties in the concrete case. [page 85]

1. Regarding Article 6, see supra No. 70 et seq.

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