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13 April 2012

Updated and revised Digest of international sale of goods contract law published

VIENNA, 13 April (UN Information Service) - A newly updated and revised version of the Digest on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) has been published by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The third edition of the Digest is now available for free on the UNCITRAL website at

The Digest, a compilation of world wide court and arbitral decisions, identifies trends in the interpretation of the Convention and is based on the case law collected through the CLOUT system (Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts). The first CISG Digest was issued in December 2004 and a second updated edition of the Digest was released in 2008. Both these publications are still available on the UNCITRAL web-site and in the six official UN languages.

The third edition of the Digest just released is currently available in English only and it will be soon translated in the other official UN languages. This Digest takes into account a significant number of new decisions and addresses important legal issues that have arisen since the previous editions.

The Digest is the result of the cooperation between CLOUT national correspondents, international experts and the UNCITRAL Secretariat. The Secretariat is grateful to the following experts who have contributed to the current revision: Professor Sieg Eiselen (University of South Africa School of Law); Professor Franco Ferrari (New York University School of Law and Università degli Studi di Verona, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza); Professor Harry Flechtner (University of Pittsburgh School of Law); Professor Alejandro Garro (Columbia University Law School); Professor Ulrich Magnus (Universität Hamburg, Fakultaet fuer Rechtswissenschaft); Vikki Rogers (Pace Law School, Institute of International Commercial Law); Professor Hiroo Sono (Hokkaido University School of Law); Professor Pilar Perales Viscasillas (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Facultad de Derecho); Professor Claude Witz (Saarland University and University of Strasbourg, Faculties of Law).


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria.

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For information contact:

Timothy Lemay
Principal Legal Officer
UNCITRAL Secretariat
Email: timothy.lemay[at]