Welcome to 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 approved CISG Advisory Council Opinion No. 13 "Inclusion of Standard Terms under the CISG", Rapporteur Prof Sieg Eiselen at its recent meeting in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.
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.
Upcoming CISG Conferences
CISG South Africa Conference
The Department of Private Law of the University of South Africa and UNCITRAL will host a conference entitled:
The Use of UNCITRAL Instruments to Promote Regional Harmonization
Date: 26-27 May 2014
Venue: Intundla Lodge, Dinokeng
The CISG Advisory Council will have its meeting for 2014 in Pretoria, South Afria on 28 to 30 May 2014. Members and rapporteurs will also take part in the CISG South Africa Conference.
For More details contact Prof Sieg Eiselen, UNISA, Pretoria