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LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference

Importance of material and caveats


Importance of material

"Experience with domestic statutes that govern a large and complex field tells us that the language of the Sales Convention, even in context, will not give a clear answer to all problems. In these early years of the Convention, before broad development of consensus by international case law, in addition to the statutory words there is only one other common international point of reference -- the legislative history (travaux préparatoires). . . .

"When important and difficult issues of interpretation are at stake, diligent counsel and courts will need to consult the Convention's legislative history. In some cases this can be decisive." John O. Honnold, "Uniform Laws for International Trade: Early Care Feeding for Uniform Growth", 1 International Trade and Business Law Journal (Australia 1995) 4-5


Caveats

We present in chronological sequence the legislative history of each article of the CISG as it was developed at the 1980 Vienna Diplomatic Conference. This presentation is subject to several caveats:

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Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated May 5, 1999
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