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.


New member

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


Annual MAA Peter Schlechtriem CISG Conference
Growing the CISG

The Moot Alumni Association (MAA) with the support of UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific will host a conference entitled:

Growing the CISG

Date: 31 March 2014

Venue:Clifford Chanc,  at 28/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place, Central Hong Kong

The conference will focus on ‘Growing the CISG’ and concentrates on opportunities, challenges and problems as well as concepts for expanding the CISG into new areas of application and growing its application in current areas of application. Speakers at the conference are Prof. Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen, Benjamin Hayward, Prof. Eduardo Grebler, Prof. Dr. Bruno Zeller, Dr. Nguyen Minh Hang/ Nguyen Trung Nam and Prof. Anselmo T. Reyes.

For more details visit www.maa.net and follow the link 'Conferences"




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