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Charter of the Autonomous Network of CISG Websites

Section 1: Introduction to the Autonomous Network and the CISG

The Autonomous Network of CISG Websites (the "Autonomous Network") is a consortium of national and regional comprehensive databases of information on the United Nation Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ("CISG") set in place to serve national and regional markets and the world trade community.

The CISG is one of the most successful international instruments which provide uniform substantive rules for international trade. The majority of the international commercial sales community, acting through the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), drafted the CISG to facilitate international trade on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The CISG smoothes relations between and among countries with different, economic, legal and social systems by providing uniform rules and practical procedures for international sale of goods.

Section 2: Objectives of the Autonomous Network

The objectives of the Autonomous Network of CISG Websites are:

Section 3: Principles of the Charter

The Principles of the Charter are:

Section 4: Presentation, Information and Methods

The consortium of CISG websites began with Faculties of Law of the United States, Germany and France. The consortium has expanded to include Web sites in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain and Latin America, Switzerland and Thailand with regional sites for Africa and the Arab States of the Middle East. Go to <http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/network.html> to access these sites.

Section Five: Guidelines

Guidelines for the scope of information to be provided by an Autonomous Network Database (either provided directly or via link to sister Database):

Section 6: International Cooperation

The Autonomous Network is not limited to the current members. It is open to persons or institutions that seek to create a Database on the CISG within the spirit of this Charter.


Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated July 20, 2005
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