Welcome to the CISG Advisory Council (CISG-AC)
Scope and Aims
The CISG-AC is a private initiative which aims at promoting a uniform interpretation of the CISG. It is a private initiative in the sense that its members do not represent countries or legal cultures, but they are scholars who look beyond the cooking pot for ideas and for a more profound understanding of issues relating to CISG.
Internationality and Uniformity
Accordingly the group is afforded the luxury of being critical of judicial or arbitral decision and of addressing issues not dealt with previously by adjudicating bodies. The Council is guided by the mandate of Article 7 of the Convention as far its interpretation and application are concerned: the paramount regard to international character of the Convention and the need to promote uniformity.
In ine with its objectives, the CISG Advisory Council is also committed to the multinational and multi-lingual character of the CISG. Accordingly the opinions of the Council is being made available in all six of the official languages of the CISG as well as a number of other prominent trade languages. In this the Council is well served by the international composition of its members.
Mode of Operation
In practical terms, the primary purpose of the CISG-AC is to issue opinions relating to the interpretation and application of the Convention on request or on its own initiative. Requests may be submitted to the CISG-AC, in particular, by international organizations, professional associations and adjudication bodies.
Observer Status at UNCITRAL
On 10 September 2012 the CISG-AC was granted observer status by UNCITRAL. This will enable the CISG-AC to attend future meetings of UNCITRAL and its working groups.
* New Opinions and Declaration
- The CISG Advisory Council adopted CISG Advisory Council Opinion No 12 "Liability of the Seller for Damages Arising Out of Personal Injuries and Property Damage Caused by Goods and Services under the CISG", Rapporteur Prof Hiroo Sono at its recent meeting in Beijing, China on 21-22 October 2013.
- The CISG Advisory Council adopted CISG Advisory Council Opinion No 15: "Reservations under Articles 95 and 96 CISG", Rapporteur Prof Dr Ulrich Schroeter at its recent meeting in Beijing, China on 21-22 October 2013.
- The CISG Advisory Council issued CISG Advisory Council Declaration No 2 "Use of Reservations under the CISG" at its recent meeting in Beijing, China on 21-22 October 2013.
At its meeting of 21-22 October 2013 the CISG Advisory Council elected Prof Ulrich Schroeter of the University of Mannheim as a new member of the Council.
New case law
The German Supreme Court has recently referred to Opinion No 13 in one of its decisions. The decision can be downloaded at BGH Urteil 28 Mai 2014
Upcoming CISG Conferences