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 and UNIDROIT

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.

On 4 February 2015 the CISG-AC was granted observer status at the Governing Council of UNIDROIT

* New Opinions and Declaration

* 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
  •  The Dutch Court of Appeal at The Hague [Gerechtshof Den Haag] has recently relied extensively on Opinion No 13 in one of its decisions (Feinbäckerei Otten GmbH v Rhumfeld Winter BV) . Download the decision in the original Dutch.
  • The Dutch District Court of the Hague recently (19 August 2015) referred extensively to Opinions 13 (standard Terms) and Opinion 16 (Eclusion of the CISG).
    Download this decision in the original Dutch.

Upcoming CISG Conferences





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